Dylan Edwards

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Loop (2018-04-04)


Professor Edwards is an expert in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), and Robotic Rehabilitation technologies for motor recovery following neurological damage particularly following stroke and spinal cord injury. With a background in clinical neurophysiology, human motor recovery and human skill acquisition, his main research focus is understanding and promoting neuroplasticity following brain lesion, and in particular, using controlled physical rehabilitation combined with and non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) of motor areas. TMS has been used as an outcome measure in his research into the effects of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) for enhancing motor cortex excitability in stroke patients; and also as an intervention, whereby repetitive TMS is used as a priming tool for intensive arm rehabilitation exercise. Professor Edwards has served as the principal investigator or co-investigator on a number of National and International competitive grants with accumulated earning amount to over $9million including ongoing projects. Together with his colleagues at Burke-Cornell, Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Professor Edwards demonstrated a tDCS-induced physiologic enhancement of the corticospinal output to affected muscles, as well as clinical improvement when combined with robotic rehabilitation. The Edwards Lab at Burke-Cornell Medical Research Institute has established normal variability in TMS data in sub-acute and chronic stroke, and healthy adults in order to inform intervention studies and subsequently secured ongoing funding. Professor Edwards has emerging collaborations at University of California, US; Guttmann Institute of Barcelona, Spain; University of Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Edith Cowan University, Australia. After two decades of work using non-invasive brain stimulation, Professor Edwards Co-Directs the Harvard Continuing Medical Education Intensive Course on TMS. As well, he has trained and supervised more than 30 clinicians and researchers including research fellows, undergraduate and postgraduate scholars in the use of TMS and tDCS in clinical studies. His clinical research expertise has further been recognized through invitations to review and comment on some of the largest recent Neurorehabilitation Mulitcenter Clinical Trials in the United States, via the American Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Society, and the American Society for Neurorehabilitation.

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