Plenary lectures are invited 45minutes lectures to be held without other parallel activities. The lectures will be broad surveys of recent major developments in the neurorehabilitation field.

Oskar C. Aszmann

Medical University of Vienna

Title: Nerve Transfers in the Recovery of Function


Antonio Bicchi
University of Pisa


Title: What Advances can Soft Robotics bring to Prosthetics and Rehabilitation?


Julius Dewald
Northwestern University



Levi Hargrove
Director, Regenstein Center for Bionic Medicine
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (former Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)



Arun Jayaraman
Executive Director of the Technology & Innovation Hub (tiHUB) and Director of the Max Naader Center for Rehabilitation Technologies and Outcomes Research at SRAlab



Richard Lieber
CSO and Senior Vice President of Research. CSO and Senior VP of Research for the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab



Donatella Mattia
Fondazione Santa Lucia, IRCCS, Italy



Marco Molinari
Fondazione Santa Lucia


Title: The Spinal Brain – Brain/spinal interactions for functional recovery after SCI

Abstract: Spinal cord injury (SCI) affects both ascending and descending tracts between the brain and the spinal cord leading to long-term disability. In the last decade our knowledge in brain and spinal cord plasticity mechanisms has improved enormously nevertheless this still has little impact on our capacity to improve recovery. Most of SCI research focuses on spinal cord either addressing mechanisms of insult/damage or recovery mechanisms. A minority of studies pioneered the idea that spinal insult do not only affect the medulla but also sovraspinali structures. In spite of the intensive research on spinal recovery mechanisms and the efforts to identify innovative herapeutic strategies , recovery after SCI still heavily relay on brain capacity to cope for spinal damage and brain circuits represent a useful target for intervention to boost recovery after SCI.
Recent data on SCI induced brain changes and proposal of BCI approaches to boost recovery after SCI are presented.


Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting
Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg


Title: BCI applications: Thinking out of the box!

Abstract: In the last few decades, innumerable new neurophysiological methods have been developed with which the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system can be examined and changed. These include transcranial magnetic and electrical stimulation methods as well as brain-computer interfaces. In particular the latter are increasingly used in therapy and rehabilitation. But what is really behind these techniques? And can they be implemented to improve athletic performance, to support Paralympic athletes or even to reduce musculoskeletal pain? In this talk I will examine the concepts and scientific foundations of BCIs designed for those out of the box neurorehabilitation applications that have received little attention to date.


Vivian Mushahwar
University of Alberta



Alessandra Pedrocchi
Full Professor at the Politecnico di Milano


Title: Hybrid systems integrating neuroprosthetics and robotics in neurorehabilitation


Robert Riener
Full Professor for Sensory-Motor Systems at the Department of Health Sciences and Technology, ETH Zurich



Shingo Shimoda
Unit Leader for the Intelligent Behavior Control Lab, RIKEN Center for Brain Science



Jonathan R. Wolpaw, M.D.
Director, National Center for Adaptive Neurotechnologies
Albany Stratton VA Medical Center and State University of New York
Albany, New York, USA


Title: Neurorehabilitation in the 21st Century: Enabling Heksors & the Negotiated Equilibrium They Create


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