The Importance of Movement in Stroke Rehabilitation

Dr. Peter Jo, professor of anatomy and physiology at NOVA, presented his dissertation research on motor control and movement variability in stroke rehabilitation. He described to a packed crowd how “science is about pursuing curiosity in the natural world, ” and that for him, this meant conducting research to help stroke victims.

His research focuses on ways to assess rehabilitation improvement in stroke victims using walking variability. His work and that of his colleagues suggest that the potential for rehabilitation may be higher than currently thought. His research and that of others are changing views on rehabilitation science. He also gave professors something to think about beyond motor control. At the beginning of his talk, he used a very poignant analogy on how students may be assessed and how some assessments may not accurately reflect individual knowledge. The Science Seminar Series will continue this spring with a mini-symposium on Leonardo Da Vinci.

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