Broadly speaking, our research interests are the neurobiology of learning and memory and neural plasticity after brain damage.  Our past research has focused on three main questions:


  1. How does the brain change in response to altered behavioral experience?
  2. How does the brain change in adaptation to injury?
  3. How do behavioral experiences influence brain adaptation to injury?


The brain bases of learning and memory and of behavioral adaptation to brain damage are heavily interactive. Understanding the nature of their interactions is the major focus of our current work. We have two major lines of research. The first uses a model system approach to understand neural mechanisms of behavioral compensation for brain damage, including stroke.  The second is heavily guided by the first and focuses on the use of motor rehabilitation, alone and in combination with other therapies, to drive more effective neural and behavioral adaptation to brain damage.

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Motor learning and rehabilitation Experience-dependent neural plasticity
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Neural plasticity after brain damage Novel strategies for driving restorative neural plasticity after stroke