University of Maryland School of Public Health Professor Dr. Jae Kun Shim has been awarded a Tel Aviv University-University of Maryland Joint Research Workshop grant to organize a workshop on Upper Extremity Rehabilitation after Stroke. Dr. Shim will develop this workshop with his co-awardee, Professor Dr. Jason Friedman, Senior Lecturer in Physical Therapy, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, and Member, Sagol School of Neuroscience at Tel Aviv University.
During a three-day workshop at the University of Maryland in the spring of 2015, UMD and TAU faculty and graduate students will gather to explore ways to raise the success rate of hand and arm movement rehabilitation following a stroke to a level of rehabilitation success similar to other biomechanical functions such as walking. Other UMD faculty members who will participate in the collaborative workshop include School of Public Health faculty members Dr. Bradley Hatfield, Dr. Rodolphe Gentili, Dr. Ross Miller, and Dr. Hyun Joon Kwon.
The UMD and TAU researchers’ combined expertise — including theoretical knowledge of the neurobiology of movement, practical experience with stroke patients, and technological know-how — will allow them to identify innovative new means to translate current knowledge about hand and finger movements into practical treatment and rehabilitation strategies.
“The success of hand and finger movement rehabilitation after a stroke can have profound effects on a person’s quality of life,” said Dr. Shim, associate professor in the department of kinesiology at UMD. “Developing effective rehabilitation strategies is complex and important, and we intend for this workshop to help advance rehabilitation research on hand and arm movement.”
The TAU-UMD Joint Research Workshop program brings together faculty and graduate students from TAU and UMD for extended conversations designed to identify areas for research collaboration. During this process of identifying new and innovative topics for cooperative work, participants will expand and strengthen the linkages between TAU and UMD.