Shirley Ryan AbilityLab


Research Seminar Series

Posted By Rick Lieber


Mondays: 12:00PM - 1:00PM




10 Weekly Sessions


Winter Quarter 2022: January 10 – March 21

The winter quarter seminar series will be held in a webinar format only. No in-person viewing rooms are reserved. Zoom webinar links will be shared via weekly announcement emails and calendar invitations. If you would like to be added to the distribution list (Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Northwestern University, and Affiliates only), please contact Ashley Green (

Jan. 10 -- Edward Chang, MD
Jeanne Robertson Distinguished Professor
Joan and Sanford I. Weill Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery, University of California, San Francisco
Restoring Words With a Speech Neuroprosthesis

Jan. 17 -- No Scheduled Seminar

Jan. 24 -- Netta Gurari, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Affiliate, Master of Science in Robotics Program, Institute for Innovations in Developmental Sciences, Northwestern University
Investigation of Somatosensory Deficits Occurring in Individuals With Stroke

Jan. 31 -- Fabrisia Ambrosio, PhD, MPT
Associate Professor, Departments of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy, Bioengineering, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, Environmental & Occupational Health, and the McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine, Director of Rehabilitation, UPMC International
Regenerative Rehabilitation Approaches to Enhance Skeletal Muscle Function”

Feb. 7 -- Mike Berger, B.Sc., MD, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, UBC
Consultant Physiatrist, BC Centre for Complex Nerve Injuries
Lower Motor Neuron Involvement in Spinal Cord Injury: Implications to Rehabilitation

Feb. 14 -- Milos R. Popovic, PhD, Peng
Institute Director, KITE, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network,
Professor, Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto
MyndMove: How Functional Electrical Stimulation Therapy for Reaching and Grasping Can be Used to Overcome Paralysis

Feb. 21 -- R. James Cotton, MD, PhD
Physician-Scientist, Center for Bionic Medicine, Shirley Ryan Ability Lab
Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Northwestern University
Human Pose Estimation for Rehabilitation

Feb. 28 -- Nicholas Boulis, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Emory University School of Medicine
Surgical Restoration of Neurological Disorders – From Nerve Transfers to Neural Stem Cells

Mar. 7 -- Gary C. Sieck, PhD, FAPS
Vernon F. and Earline D. Dale Professor, Distinguished Investigator Department of Physiology & Biomedical Engineering, Mayo Clinic
Harnessing BDNF/TrkB Signaling to Promote Recovery From Cervical Spinal Cord Injury

Mar. 14 -- Julie Silver, MD
Associate Professor, Associate Chair Director, Cancer Rehabilitation, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation,  Harvard Medical School
Strategies to Increase Your Publishing Success & Accelerate Promotion in Academic Medicine

Mar. 21 -- Amy B. Heimberger, MD
Jean Malnatti Professor of Brain Tumor Research
Professor of Neurological Surgery, Northwestern University
Why Does Immunotherapy Work for Some Patients With CNS Tumors and Not Others?