BRAINTREE, Mass., Oct. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital (BRH), a world- class rehabilitative care provider, will sponsor the 33rd Annual Neurorehabilitation Conference Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts. One of the longest running and most prestigious conferences of its kind, this event brings together thought-leaders in traumatic brain injury, stroke and other neurologic disorders to present the most recent research and clinical findings and discuss their impact on patient treatment.
"Neuroplasticity - the brain's ability to remodel itself following injury - is an extraordinary capacity of the brain," said Dr. Douglas Katz, Medical Director of the nationally recognized Acquired Brain Injury Program at BRH. "By better understanding this mechanism, we can leverage its power to enhance recovery and improve quality of life for patients."
The conference will feature a veritable Who's Who of specialists in neurology, stroke, spinal cord injury, neurotechnology and more. The conference's featured presenter will be Randolph Nudo, M.D., Director, Langdon Center on Aging; Marian Merrell Dow Distinguished Professor in Aging; and Professor, Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Kansas Medical Center. His topic will be "Harnessing the Potential of Neuroplasticity to Improve Recovery After Brain Injury."
Two days of more than 20 plenary sessions will include such topics as: comprehensive spasticity management, rehabilitative strategies after stroke, dysphagia and the respiratory system, and sports-related concussion.
The conference will conclude with a symposium on "Clinical Trials in Intracortically-based Brain-Computer Interfaces," presented by Leigh Hochberg, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Director, Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology, Providence VA Medical Center and Associate Professor of Engineering, School of Engineering and Institute for Brain Science, Brown University. Dr. Hochberg and patient Catherine Hutchinson will talk about a landmark research project using BrainGate that allowed Cathy, who was 'locked-in' after suffering a brainstem stroke, to use her thoughts to control a robotic arm.
The conference is designed for health care professionals including: physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, neurologists, neuropsychologists, social workers, and case managers. Attendees will qualify for up to 10.75 Contact Hours of Continuing Education Credits. An Early Registration discount is available through October 12, 2012.
For information on this year's conference, including plenary sessions and presenters, visit http://www.braintreerehabhospital.com/Braintree-Rehabilitation-Annual-Neuro-Conference.asp.
Or contact Donna Carr, Education Coordinator at BRH, by calling (781) 348-2113 or emailing to educationBRH@5sqc.com.
For accommodations, contact the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts, by calling reservations at (888) 421-1442 and mention the 33rd Annual Neurorehabilitation Conference.
About Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital
Since 1975, Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital (BRH) has gained recognition as a world-class rehabilitative care provider dedicated to helping patients maximize functionality, mobility, and independence following illness or injury. BRH is a licensed 168-bed acute facility located in Braintree, Massachusetts, which includes a 21-bed satellite hospital at MetroWest Medical Center in Natick, Massachusetts, and multiple outpatient clinics. The hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission and – with its sister rehabilitation facility, New England Rehabilitation Hospital (NERH) – has the distinction of being the only two hospitals in New England and New York to have been awarded Disease-Specific Care Certification in its Stroke Rehabilitation and Acquired Brain Injury Programs. Five Star Quality Care, headquartered in Newton, Massachusetts, is the parent company of BRH; NERH, located in Woburn, and its satellite units in Danvers and Lowell; and an array of outpatient rehabilitation centers.
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