Shirley Ryan AbilityLab


Research Seminar Series

Posted By Rick Lieber


Mondays: 12:00PM - 1:00PM


Sky Lobby Auditorium, 10th floor, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab


10 Weekly Sessions


Spring Quarter 2021: April 5 – June 28

The spring 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 Dr. Jose Pons, PhD (

Apr 5 -- Employment among persons with disabilities: Job numbers, job quality, and job crafting
Debra Brucker 
PhD Research Associate Professor, Institute on Disability, University of New Hampshire

Apr 12 -- Spinal cord associative plasticity
Jason B. Carmel, MD, PhD
Weinberg Family Associate Professor of Neurology
Executive Director, Weinberg Family Cerebral Palsy Center
Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Apr 19 -- Functional Gains Achieved with Electrical Stimulation of Peripheral Nerves
Roger Enoka, PhD
Prof of Integrative Physiology, Director of the Neurophysiology of Movement Lab, University of Colorado Boulder

Apr 26 -- Practical, neuroscience based rehabilitation
Etienne Burdet, PhD
Professor of Human Robotics, Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London

May 3 -- Cortical activity indexes distinct aspects of balance function in health, aging, and disease
Lena Ting, PhD
John and an Portman Prof. of Biomedical Engineering at Emory University and Georgia Tech
Prof. of Rehabilitation Medicine, Division of Physical Therapy
Co-Director of the Georgia Tech and Emory Neural Engineering Centers

May 10 -- Population coding in the cerebellum
Dr. Reza Shadmehr, MD
Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University

May 17 -- Tapping into spinal networks to restore walking after spinal cord injury
Vivian Mushahwar, PhD
Canada Research Chair in Functional Restoration
Professor, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Medicine, University of Alberta
Director of Sensory Motor Adaptive Rehabilitation Technology Network& Director of Smart Technology Innovations

May 24 -- The development of brain-computer interfaces for rehabilitation
Lee Miller, PhD
Professor of Physiology/Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

May 31 -- Memorial Day holiday

Jun 7 -- Brain-Computer Interface for Prosthetic Arm Control
John Downey, PhD
Staff Scientist, Bensmaia Lab, The University of Chicago

Jun 14 -- Is non-invasive brain stimulation a useful way of augmenting function after injury?
John Rothwell, PhD
Emeritus Professorof Human Neurophysiology, University College London Queen Square Institute of Neurology, Faculty of Brain Sciences

Jun 21 -- No webinar

Jun 28 -- Harnessing the Power of the Crowd to Stay Relevant and Competitive in a Rapidly Changing World: Lessons from NASA’s Open Innovation Program
Steve Rader, CEO
CEO/Founder, Crowd Resources Consulting LLC


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