Aims & Scope
Aims & Scope
Having recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, NeuroRehabilitation is an international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal that publishes manuscripts focused on evidence based, practical information relevant to all aspects of neurologic rehabilitation. We publish unsolicited papers detailing original research that covers the full life span and range of neurological disabilities including stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, neuromuscular disease and other neurological disorders. We also publish thematically organized issues developed by our invited guest editors in coordination with our chief editor, managing editor and editorial board that focus on specific clinical conditions, therapeutic interventions, functional challenges as well as age groups. We welcome proposals for thematic issue topics and suggestions for issue guest editors. We particularly encourage the submission of randomised controlled trials (with adequate sample size and strong methodology) as well as review articles (meta-analytical, systematic and umbrella). All manuscripts that pass the initial screening undergo blind peer review and authors are provided with timely, constructive feedback. Publication decisions will be made based on relevance to practice, quality of methodology, and synthesis of findings with existing literature. Additionally, summaries of specially selected Cochrane Systematic Reviews relevant to neurorehabilitation are published in the journal in the Cochrane Corners section.
NeuroRehabilitation is affiliated with the Italian Society of Neurological Rehabilitation (SIRN).
|Nathan D. Zasler, MD, DABPM&R, FAAPM&R, FACRM, BIM-C, CBIST
Concussion Care Centre of Virginia Ltd / Tree of Life Services
3721 Westerre Parkway
Suite B, Richmond, VA 23233, USA
Tel.: +1 804 346 1803
Fax: +1 804 346 1956
Nathan D. Zasler, MD, DABPM&R, FAAPM&R, FACRM, BIM, CBIST is Founder, CMO and CEO of Concussion Care Centre of Virginia, Ltd., as well Founder and current Medical Director of Tree of Life in Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Zasler is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, fellowship trained in brain injury rehabilitation and subspecialty certified in Brain Injury Medicine. He is an affiliate professor in the VCU Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Richmond, VA, and a visiting professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Dr. Zasler is also a fellow of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Dr. Zasler is internationally recognized as an expert in brain injury medicine and has published and lectured extensively on TBI related neuromedical issues. He has published well over 200 peer reviewed articles, authored over 60 book chapters and given over 700 academic lectures. He has edited eight textbooks as either Editor-in-Chief, Co-Editor or Associate Editor and is Editor-in-Chief of the core textbook "Brain Injury Medicine: Principals and Practice" now in its 3rd edition. He serves on numerous journal editorial boards and is Chief Editor of two peer reviewed international scientific journals: "Brain Injury" and "NeuroRehabilitation". He also serves as chief Co-Editor of the publication "Brain Injury Professional". Dr. Zasler is one of the two founding editors of NeuroRehabilitation (along with Dr. Jeffrey Kreuzer who has now retired). Dr. Zasler is Emeritus Chairperson as well as Vice-Chairperson of the International Brain Injury Association (IBIA). He was the first recipient of the NHIF Young Investigator Award, and among other awards has been recognized with the Sheldon Berrol Clinical Service award from BIAA. He has been repeatedly recognized by "Best Doctors". Dr. Zasler is active in local, national and international organizations dealing with acquired brain injury and neurodisability, serving in numerous consultant, advisory and board member roles.
Emeritus Chief Editor
|Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, PhD, ABPP, FACRM
Emeritus Professor and Distinguished Career Professor
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Richmond, VA 23298, USA
Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, PhD, ABPP, FACRM is the Rosa Schwarz Cifu Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. A clinician and clinical researcher, he has more than 25 years of post-doctoral clinical care and brain injury research experience. Much of his research has focused on neurobehavioral outcomes, emotional well-being, vocational outcomes, and family response to TBI. He has more 150 peer-reviewed journal publications, a dozen published books, and more than 400 conference presentations. He authored the Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology, a four-volume, 2800 page, major reference work (Springer: New York). He has been elected to fellow status in the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, American Psychological Association, and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. A recipient of numerous awards for his work, Dr. Kreutzer was the 2010 winner of the Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to Neuropsychology Award from the National Academy of Neuropsychology.
|Melissa Oliver, MS, OTR/L
1201 Broad Rock Blvd
Richmond, VA 23249, USA
Tel.: +1 804 675 5000 ext. 2134
Melissa Oliver, Managing Editor, is an Occupational Therapist and the Assistive Technology Program Coordinator at McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia. She works assisting active duty personnel and veterans with various diagnosis transition back into their life roles. Ms. Oliver received a baccalaureate degree in Psychology and Business Administration from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She spent 5 years of clinical experience in mental health occupational therapy where she developed a wellness program for acute rehabilitation, home evaluation as part of discharge protocol and developed a sensory program for the geriatric populations. She furthered her clinical skills in working with adults with brain injury in community brain injury program before working within the VA Medical Center system. Ms. Oliver has served in a variety of elected positions in Pi Theta Epsilon (PTE), the National Occupational Therapy Honor Society, including Treasurer for 2 1/2 years and currently as President. Ms. Oliver has served as the Managing Editor of NeuroRehabilitation for the past several years.
Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST)
Dr. Muhammed Al-Jarrah is a professor of physical therapy. He is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences at Jordan University of Science and Technology. Dr. Al-Jarrah graduated from The University of Kansas Medical Center, USA in 2006. He is American Board Certified in Physical Therapy. Over the last eight years Dr. Al-Jarrah published more than 45 papers in well recognized journals. His research interests have focused on rehabilitation of Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and cerebral palsy. He is currently leading international grants in The Middle East to develop new approaches in the fields of cerebral palsy and stroke rehabilitation.
Charles University and General Teaching Hospital in Prague
Prague, Czech Republic
Dr. Angerova is head of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University and General Teaching Hospital in Prague. She is specialized in Neurology and Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. She is responsible for bachelor and master’s education of physiotherapy and occupational therapy at the First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University as well as for education of Rehabilitation Medicine for medical students. She is a vice-president of the Czech Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine and the representative of Czech Republic in UEMS (European Union of Medical Specialists). She is interested in neurorehabilitation, especially in people after brain damage. She pioneered interprofessional neurorehabilitation for these people in the Czech Republic. She has published more than 40 papers concerning neurorehabilitation and is a member of several editorial boards of medical journals. She is furthermore the vice-president of the Accreditation Committee of the Ministry of Health for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
|Noureddin Nakhostin Ansari
Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Noureddin Nakhostin Ansari, PhD, is Professor of Physiotherapy at School of Rehabilitation, Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS). He is currently involved in teaching on various courses at both the under and post-graduate levels. In 2010 Professor Ansari was awarded the Hakim Jorjani Award of outstanding mentoring and teaching by TUMS. He has also been supervisor at both the MSc and PhD levels. Professor Ansari has been the reviewer for International WCPT Congress, an Editorial Board Member and regular or Ad hoc reviewer for various international journals. He has published more than 70 articles on physiotherapy and rehabilitation medicine in high quality journals. In 2011 Professor Ansari was awarded as the outstanding researcher in 17th Razi Research Festival on Medical Sciences by Iran Ministry of Health and Medical Education. Areas of expertise and special interests are Neurological Rehabilitation, Spasticity, Applied Clinical Research, Electrophysical Agents, and Outcomes Research.
|Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla
University of Deusto
Dr. Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla is currently a chief research officer at Giunti Psychometrics. He has been instrumental in securing grant funding as PI and co-PI. Dr. Arango has received many awards for his accomplishments in neuropsychology including awards from the National Academic of Neuropsychology, the American Psychological Association, the International Brain Injury Association, the International Neuropsychological Society and The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. He has published more than 350 articles and book chapters and edited 13 books. Dr. Arango has been a guest editor of 12 special issues in prominent rehabilitation journals. Dr. Arango has lectured at Grand Rounds at more than 102 different universities across the globe. He organized and chaired 8 international conferences on neuropsychology, cultural issues, and Brain Injury Rehabilitation. Dr. Arango is a founding member of the Colombian Neuropsychological Society, and he founded the IberoAmerican Journal of Neuropsychology. His research focuses on understanding and addressing the cognitive, psychological, and emotional needs of individuals with brain injury and their families. He is particularly interested in under-served populations, such as Spanish speakers, and carries out research in the US, Europe, and Latin America. He was PI of a large, multi-center norming study in which more than 14,000 adults and children from over 15 Latin American countries participated. Thanks to his leadership, normative data by country is now available for the 12 most used neuropsychological tests in each respective population.
Dr. Vitriana Biben, MD, is a physiatrist, consultant, lecturer, and Head of the Neurorehabilitation Division in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, Faculty of Medicine, Padjadjaran University, Dr. Hasan Sadikin Hospital, Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. She is an editorial board and reviewer for several Indonesian and ASEAN medical journals. She has presented papers on stroke, dysphagia, aphasia, and neurogeriatric at many conferences, and published articles in journals. Currently, Dr. Biben holds a position as the Head of the PM&R Department, is an active Board Member of Indonesia PM&R collegium, and is a Coordinator of the Research and Development Committee for the Indonesian Society of PM&R.
|Lucia Willadino Braga
University of Massachusetts
Worcester, MA, USA
Dr. Lucia Willadino Braga is a neuroscientist, researcher, clinician and author with over 40 years’ experience working with children, adolescents and adults with brain injury and its attendant comorbidities. She developed and pioneered a number of neurorehabilitation programs, among them the Family Training Methodology, the MetaCognitive Dimension Program and a context-sensitive intervention model for adults for managing the lifelong impact of ABI/TBI. She was recently appointed to the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, as a professor in the Psychiatry Department, and is engaged in neurorehabilitation studies with a number of European and American institutions, as well as neuroscientific research, using cutting-edge technology to explore brain plasticity. She is the President of the SARAH Network of Rehabilitation Hospitals, which includes nine hospitals with a total of 1,000 beds, in addition to being a member of the SARAH Board of Governors and founder of its International Neuroscience Centers in Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia. She received the title of docteur honoris causa from the Reims University (France) in 1999 and was appointed by the President of Brazil to the National Order of Scientific Merit. In 2019, she was given the Distinguished Career Award from the International Neuropsychological Society (INS) in recognition of her ‘major, sustained contributions to the field of neuropsychology’. Dr. Braga is on several editorial boards, has published books and book chapters, as well as articles in numerous peer-review journals.
Englewood, CO, USA
Lester Butt, PhD, ABPP, is the Director of the Department of Psychology. He received his doctoral training at The George Washington University (M.Phil. 1970 and Ph.D. 1973) in Clinical Psychology through a National Institute of Mental Health Fellowship. Dr. Butt did his internship and post-doctoral fellowship within the HarvardUniversity Medical School system from 1972-1974. He has worked in the field of Rehabilitation Psychology since beginning at CraigHospital in 1977 and has served as the Director of Psychology since 1987. Dr. Butt is a Diplomate of the American Board of Rehabilitation Psychologists, American Board of Professional Psychology, and serves as Vice-President and President-Elect within their Board of Directors. Additionally, he is a three-time Past President of the American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Psychologists and Social Workers (AASCIPSW) and served on its Board of Directors for ten years. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association divisions of Rehabilitation Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Trauma. Dr. Butt has served as a Panel Member for the Consortium of Spinal Cord Medicine, Clinical Practice and Consumer Guidelines for Depression and Individuals with Ventilator Dependency. He is the recipient of the Clinical Performance and Essie Morgan Awards from AASCIPSW. In 2007, he was given the Lifetime Award of Practitioner Excellence by the American Psychological Association’s Division of Rehabilitation Psychology.
|Rocco Salvatore Calabrò
IRCCS Centro Neurolesi Bonino Pulejo
Rocco Salvatore Calabrò is a neurologist with a PhD in psychiatric science, and is specialized in Bioethic and Sexology. About 15 years ago, he moved into the neurological rehabilitation field, focusing on patients suffering from acquired brain injury and spinal cord injury. In the last years, as head of the “Behavioral and Robotic Neurorehabilitation Laboratory”, he has demonstrated growing interest in innovation technology, with regard to robotic assisted ambulation, telerehabilitation, and virtual reality also applied to the cognitive field. He serves as peer referee for many international journals, and as an academic editor for other high impact journals. He has been invited to speak at many national and international congresses/courses dealing with neurorehabilitation and sexual health. He is an adjunctive professor of physical medicine and reahab at the University of Messina, Italy. His scientific activity consists of 2 books as editor, 8 special issues as guest editor, and 7 chapters of books, and about 400 papers published in indexed journals with an IF, with a H-index of 30.
|David X. Cifu
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)
Richmond, VA, USA
David Cifu, MD is Chairman and Herman J. Flax, MD Professor of the Department of PM&R at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine in Richmond,Virginia and National Director of the PM&R program office for the department of Veterans Affairs. He is also the Chief of PM&R Services of the VCU Health System and Executive Director of the VCU Center for Rehabilitation Sciences and Engineering (VCU-CERSE) – a $16 million/year, interdisciplinary research consortium with 65+ research faculty focused on improving knowledge translation and clinical care for individuals with acute and chronic disability. Dr. Cifu graduated from the Boston University School of Medicine 6-Year Medical Program in 1986 and then completed his Internship and Residency (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) at the Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, TX) in 1990. He served on faculty at Baylor in the Departments of PM&R and Restorative Neurology until 1991, and joined VCU/Medical College of Virginia. Since 1992, he has been funded on 27 research grants in the field of Neurologic Rehabilitation, and is PI or Co-PI on 5 current research grants, including the NIDRR TBI Model Systems, the NIH TBI Network Sites projects, and three Department of Defense TBI and PTSD projects. In his 20 years as an academic physiatrist, he has delivered over 400 regional, national and international lectures, and published more than 250 articles, abstracts, and book chapters. He is also a Past President of the American Academy of PM&R. He has recently co-authored the patient and family focused self-help book: Overcoming Post-Deployment Syndrome: A Six-Step Mission to Health.
|Rajinder K. Dhamija
Lady Hardinge Medical College and SSK Hospital
New Delhi, India
Prof. Rajinder K. Dhamija MD DNB (Neurology) FRACP FRCP is currently Director Professor and Head of Neurology Department, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi. He has more than two decades of neurology experience including three years in Australia under the supervision of Prof. Geoff Donnan. He is also fellow of Royal Australian College of Physicians. He was awarded FRACP in 2009, the Commonwealth Staff Academic Fellowship in Neurology in 2000, and the WHO fellowship in Epidemiology twice in 2004 and in 2010. Dr. Dhamija has a unique insight of having clinical experience in two different parts of the world, Australia and India. Dr. Dhamija was awarded the 33rd S. Radhakrishnan Memorial National Medical Teacher Award in 2017. He is a recipient of Dr B C Bansal, Uma Bansal Oration in 2019 for his contribution to Medical Sciences in India. He is also an adviser for Royal College of Physicians (London) and has been invited to present his research and lecture at several international meetings in the USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, Thailand, Morocco, Malaysia, Cameroon and Bhutan. He is also Chair of Movement Disorders at World Federation of Neurorehabilitation. He is a WHO expert in Parkinson’s Disease Rehabilitation. He has 117 publications and book chapters to his credit.
|Joan Ferri Campos
Vithas Hospitals Neurorehabilitation
Dr. Ferri Campos serves as General Director of Vithas Hospitals Neurorehabilitation Network (www.neurorhb.com), which includes different rehabilitation facilities located in Spain. He is also an active member of the National Medical Advisory Committee of Vithas Hospitals. He is currently the President of the Spanish Society of Neurorehabilitation and member of the scientific committee of neurorehabilitation in the European Academy of Neurology. Dr. Ferri Campos is an expert in neurorehabilitation, clinical neuropsychologist and obtained his PhD at the University of Valencia. He has served in the Board of Governors of the Spanish Neurorehabilitation Society from 2000 and is the President of this institution. Dr. Ferri is also a member of the Stroke Strategy Committee (Spanish National Health System), and collaborates as associate member with the National Commission of Brain Injury due to traffic accidents. From an academic perspective, he collaborates with the University of Valencia and coordinates a Master's Degree in Neurosciences and Neurorehabilitation at CEU University. Dr. Ferri Campos participates as a member in numerous national and international societies, including the International Brain Injury Association (IBIA) and the International Society of Neurorehabilitation and Brain Damage. He is the author of more than 100 peer reviewed scientific articles and book chapters on neurosciences and most importantly he is a recognised collaborator of national brain injury family associations.
San Pancrazio Rehabilitation Hospital
Arco (TN), Italy
Dr. Giustini is a Consultant for the San Raffaele Rehabilitation Research Institute and University in Rome. He received his post-graduate Diplomas in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (Milan), Gerontology (Florence) and Health Services and Hospital Management (Siena). He has worked as a Consultant Professor in PM&R in Florence, Siena, Chieti and Rome Universities in Rehabilitation Sciences. He has been a member of Italian rehabilitation societies (SIMFER, SIRN) and other international bodies (ISPRM, ESPRM, UEMS-PRM Section, WFNR, RI, Mediterranean Forum of PRM, IBRC) working on the development, education, team work and financial aspects of rehabilitation services. He is Chair of the ESPRM Robotic European Committee and Scientific Director of the European Robotic Rehabilitation Summer School. His main fields for clinical activities and research are new rehabilitation technologies management in relation to aged populations, neurorehabilitation applications and perspectives in developed and developing countries, disabled people's needs and rights ICF and applications in education, team work and organization, community-based rehabilitation, and robotic rehabilitation.
NYU Langone Health
New York, NY, USA
Dr. Lindsey Gurin is a clinical assistant professor of neurology, psychiatry, and rehabilitation medicine at NYU Langone Health. Dr. Gurin completed her medical education at Brown University and is dually board-certified in neurology and psychiatry, with additional certifications in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry, and brain injury medicine. She currently serves as Director of Behavioral Neurology at NYU Langone Orthopedics Hospital, where she provides neuropsychiatric consultation to the Rusk acute inpatient brain injury rehabilitation service, and she provides outpatient care to patients with cognitive and neurobehavioral disorders at the NYU Pearl Barlow Memory Evaluation Center. Dr. Gurin has published on neuropsychiatric manifestations of brain injury and her current research interests include psychosis after brain injury, disorders of consciousness, and catatonia in patients with neurologic disorders.
University of Warwick
Carol A. Hawley BA, PhD has been working in the field of brain injury for 30 years and is an internationally respected research psychologist. She has been Principal Research Fellow at Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick (UK) for many years and is currently an Associate Fellow. She has been Honorary Principal Research Fellow at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire, UK for ten years. She is also Director of the CARGY Research Consultancy. Her research interests include the epidemiology, treatment and rehabilitation outcomes after acquired brain injury in adults, children, adolescents and older people. Her work also includes return to learning after ABI, criminal justice and ABI, and driving after neurological conditions. She has led research funded by UK Government (Department of Health, Department of Education, and Department for Transport), UK Councils, industry and charities. She has published widely and is regularly invited to speak at national and international conferences. She also supervises PhD and Medical Students. She is currently Immediate Past-Chair of the International Paediatric Brain Injury Society (IPBIS), having been IPBIS Chair from 2014 to 2020. She also serves on the Board of Governors of the International Brain Injury Association (IBIA). She is a Faculty member of the World Federation of Neurological Rehabilitation (WFNR) and Chairs the WFNR Special Interest Group on Driving and Neurological Disorders. She serves on the editorial board of Brain Injury and regularly acts as peer-reviewer for a wide range of journals in the fields of neurology, psychology, epidemiology, transportation, trauma and rehabilitation.
Jan Lexell, MD, PhD, DPhil h.c. is Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine and Chair in the Department of Health Sciences at Lund University, Lund and Head of the Rehabilitation Medicine Research Group. He is Medical Director, Senior Consultant Physician in Neurorehabilitation in the Department of Rehabilitation at Ängelholm Hospital, Sweden, and Medical Director at Hermelinen Sports Concussion Center, Luleå, Sweden. He is board certified (Sweden) in rehabilitation medicine as well as neurology. He is standing member of the Medical Committee in the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and Chair of the IPC Therapeutic Use Exemption Committee (TUEC). At Lund University he leads a research group with physicians, psychologists, physiotherapists and nurses. His research group focuses on people with a neurologic disability or persistent pain. The group uses quantitative and qualitative methods to study the consequences of a disability in a life-long perspective and develop rehabilitation interventions to assist these people to achieve the highest possible level of functioning. The research projects include people with post-polio syndrome, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke and neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and neuromuscular disorders, and children, adolescents and adults with long-standing pain. One area of research is related to Paralympic sports medicine, in particular injuries and illnesses in parasport. He has published over 300 original articles, reviews, proceedings and book chapters on topics related to muscle physiology, aging, neurorehabilitation, pain rehabilitation and Paralympic sport.
ReDel Rehabilitation Center
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Melina Longoni is an M.D. specialized in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Hyperbaric Medicine Specialist, Wound Care and Expert in Natural Therapies and Pediatric Rehabilitation. She received her medical degree from the Universidad Abierta Interamericana in Argentina. Currently she is the Medical Director of the ReDel Rehabilitation Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is a Scientific Advisor for BBraun Medical Argentina and PM&R in Los Madroños Hospital in Spain. She is an honorary member of the College of Electrodiagnostic Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of Mexico (COMEFYR). In 2021 she was awarded the Brucker Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) in recognition of professional achievements that have significantly advanced the international field of rehabilitation. She has published in national and international journals in the field of neurological rehabilitation, among others, and has participated in the production of several books in the field of rehabilitation.
Polytechnic University of Bari
Stefano Mazzoleni received the University degree (Laurea) in Computer Engineering from the University of Pisa (Italy) in 2002 and the Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Genoa (Italy) in 2007. From May 2015 to March 2020 he was Assistant Professor at the BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa (Italy). Currently he is tenure-track Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of Polytechnic University of Bari (Italy) and Research Affiliate at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa. His research interests include rehabilitation robotics, bioengineering, human-machine interfaces, motor control, motor recovery, human-robot interaction, e-health applications. He is an author of more than 120 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences. He is a member of several Editorial Boards of international scientific journals in the fields of robotics, rehabilitation, bioengineering and automation. He is a member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE RAS), IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS), IEEE Brain Community, Italian Society of Neurological Rehabilitation (SIRN), Bioengineering National Group (GNB) and National Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (I-RIM). He is furthermore a member of a research group in Neurobioethics coordinated by the Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum in Rome, Italy.
University of New South Wales
Professor Skye McDonald is a world leader in understanding social cognitive disorders after brain injury. She has published over 180 peer reviewed journal articles, 27 book chapters, 3 books, 140 conference presentations with an H index of 46 (Scopus; Aug 2020) and 6,600+ citations. Professor McDonald has supervised 100 research students at post-doctoral, doctoral, masters and honours levels. She leads a NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Brain Recovery that fosters collaboration amongst Australia’s leading researchers in brain injury rehabilitation, research translation, policy development and training for early career researchers. Professor McDonald has a substantial record of grant procurement (over $10 million 2000-2020), editorial and peer review activities and collaborations, and is regularly invited to speak at national/international meetings (e.g. 2019: Rio De Janeiro; 2017: Copenhagen, Buenos Aires; 2016: London, Macau). She is currently President of the International Neuropsychological Society (term: 2019-2021). Professor McDonald has research interests in understanding the cognitive and physiological mechanism underpinning social cognition, emotion and interpersonal behaviour in both normal adults and people with traumatic brain injury. Her interests span theory development, the development of ecologically valid assessments and the development of remediation and intervention programs.
|John H. Olver
Richmond, VA, Australia
John Olver, MB, BS, MD (Melb), FAFRM (RACP), Consultant Physician in Rehabilitation Medicine, is Professor in Rehabilitation Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Monash University. He is Director of Rehabilitation at Epworth Healthcare, Melbourne, Australia, where he is also Manager of the Epworth Rehabilitation Acquired Brain Injury Programme. In 2008 he was appointed as Chairman of the Clinical Institute of Rehabilitation, Psychiatry and Pain Management at Epworth HealthCare and in 2009 was appointed to the Victor Smorgon Chair of Rehabilitation Medicine, Epworth HealthCare and Monash University. He is Director of the Epworth-Monash Rehabilitation Medicine Research Unit, the medical research arm of Epworth HealthCare Rehabilitation. Professor Olver’s main research interest and a focus of publication concerns the outcomes following traumatic brain injury, through an ongoing prospective long term outcome study conducted at Epworth Rehabilitation and now in its 25th year. His doctoral thesis on balance deficits following traumatic brain injury was presented in 2000. He is on the editorial boards of one national and two international medical journals, is past-President of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, a member of theAmericanAcademy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is a member of the President’s Cabinet of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. Professor Olver is on the Council of the World Neurological Rehabilitation Federation (WFNR) and Convenor of the 2012 Melbourne WFNR Scientific Conference Committee.
|Mayowa Ojo Owolabi
University of Ibadan
Mayowa Ojo Owolabi MBBS, Cert. Epid. & Glob. Health (Dundee), MSc, Dr.Med (Berlin), FMCP, FAAN, FANA, FAS, is Professor of Neurology and Dean of the Faculty of Clinical Sciences at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He is an innovative scientist with several inventions including the Seed of Life Model; HRQOLISP, a multiculturally-validated quality of life measure for stroke, available in many languages globally in several versions and languages; stroke quadrangle; stroke severity scale; stroke recovery spiral; cervical vertigo tetrad; and implementation cycle. He is an entrepreneur and scholar with a stroke phenotyping software patent and over 255 publications in peer reviewed journals. His first landmark publication, ‘Mapping Africa’s way into prominence in the field of Neurology’ got the attention of the WFN in 2007. His research covers vascular neurology, neuro-rehabilitation, and genomic epidemiology. He leads two NIH funded grants: SIREN, the largest study of stroke in Africa, >8000 subjects and discovered novel risk factors for stroke on the continent; and THRIVES, the first RCT of multipronged intervention to improve BP after stroke in Africa. He is the pioneer Chair of the largest consortium investigating cardiovascular diseases in Africa with >55,000 subjects.
University of Hail
Hail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Dr. Shahanawaz Syed works as an Assistant Professor at the College of Applied Medical Sciences, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Hail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He presently serves as an editorial board member for 34 international and national journals. He has received awards from prestigious organizations in India such as the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and Rehabilitation Society of Physical Therapists India. He has published 18 research articles in various national and international journals and has also written four books. He was honored by the ASIA Book of Records and India Book of Records as Member of Most of the Editorial Boards of Health Science Journals. He also received the “100 Most Dedicated Professors” award at the World Education Congress in 2019 and was honored by Daily News Analysis as the Best Professor In Neurology Studies. He has served as an organizing secretary, organizing committee member and scientific member for various International conferences across the globe, such as PGCON 2017 in India, the Annual Meeting on Neuroscience and Neurology 2019 in Australia, and the 4th World Congress and Expo on Dementia and Neuroscience 2019 in Malaysia. His research interests include stroke, cerebral palsy, neuroplasticity, electro diagnosis study.
Virginia Neuro-Optometry/Concussion Care Centre of Virginia Ltd
Richmond, VA, USA
Dr. Jacqueline Theis is a neuro-optometrist, clinical researcher, international lecturer and author. She received her doctoral and post-doctoral residency training in Neuro-Optometry and Binocular Vision disorders from the University of California at Berkeley School of Optometry. She is a previous Assistant Clinical Professor and Chief of the UC Berkeley Sports Vision and Concussion Clinic and currently serves as an Assistant Professor for the Uniformed Services University, School of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She has extensive clinical experience in post-traumatic brain injury visual dysfunctions including oculomotor dysfunction, photophobia, visual processing, and visuo-vestibular symptoms. She serves as a member of the American Optometric Association Evidence Based Optometry and Vision Rehabilitation Committees and is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. She has been awarded the Young Optometrist of the Year award in both California in 2019 and Virginia in 2022. Her areas of expertise are: double vision, binocular vision, oculomotor dysfunction, photophobia, visual dysfunctions in brain injury/neurologic disease, saccades, vergence, smooth pursuit.
|Barry S. Willer
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY, USA
Dr. Willer received his PhD in Psychology from York University (Canada) in 1975. Since this time he has been a Professor of the medical school of the State University of New York at Buffalo. His research interests have focused on psychological and social issues associated with traumatic brain injury. He authored the Community Integration Questionnaire, which is internationally recognized for assessment of participation. Dr. Willer was lead author of the first return to play guidelines after concussion adopted by the International Olympics Association. He currently heads a team of researchers examining emotional regulation following brain injury.
Sun Yat-Sen University
Tiebin Yan, MD, PhD, Professor & Head of the department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Gunagzhou, China. Main research areas include: neurorehabiltation including stroke TBI, SCI periphery nerve injury and musculoskeletal disorders such as neck and should pain, low back pain. Member of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine President of the Rehabilitation Therapy of Chinese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine. Vice-President of the Chinese Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, President of the Guangdong Association of Rehabilitation Medicine. Associated Chief-in-Editor of the Chinese Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Chinese Journal of Rehabilitation. Chief editor of 20 books in Chinese, first or corresponding author for over 100 papers in Chinese and 11 in English-language journals.
|Joshua H. You
Kangwon-Do, Republic of Korea
Dr. Joshua You is a professor at the Department of Physical Therapy, Director of Sports & Fitness Center for Children with Disabilities, Director of Health, Wellness, & Prevention in Movement Impairments Across the Life Span, and Director of Robotics and Virtual Reality in Rehabilitation as well as, Research Director, P&S Mechanics, Inc. He is board certified in Physical Therapy and specialized in Neurorehabilitation, Neuroimaging, and Sports Physical Therapy and Fitness. He has recently been awarded “President’s Awards for Research Excellence” at Yonsei University. He has demonstrated a consistent record of publication, with more than 50 publications in internationally peer-reviewed journals, 3 book chapters and 3 books, as well as given over 50 physical therapy presentations and associated talks. His research is published in diverse venues and includes work in neurorehabilitation, neuroimaging, clinical neuro-engineering, robotics, virtual reality, biomechanics, motor control, and sports movement control. Dr. You has been recognized for his expertise at the national/international level, serving in numerous consultant and numerous journal editorial boards including Physical Therapy Korea, Associate Editor of American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, NeuroRehabilitation. He was an Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of the International Academy of Physical Therapy Research (JIAPTR). He serves Ad hoc reviewer for Stroke and Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. He was a member of Virginia Physical Therapy Association (VPTA) and American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Currently, Dr. You is involved on innovative clinical neurorehabilitation research on neural substrates and plasticity underpinning novel therapeutic effects of robotic locomotor training system (WALKBOT) in adult stroke and children with cerebral palsy (CP) or robotic horse in children with CP, which has advanced clinical applications beyond the conventional neurorehabilitation techniques.
Atlanta, GA, USA
Anastasia Zarkou PT, MS, PhD, a physical therapist by training, is a Research Scientist at Crawford Research Institute, Shepherd Center, Atlanta, GA, USA. She received her Ph.D. in Biomechanics and Movement Sciences from the University of Delaware. Her dissertation work, which won the dissertation award from the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), aimed at identifying distal lower extremity somatosensation deficits, delineating their relationship with balance and motor function, and investigating if they can be modulated by utilizing random noise stimulation to enhance balance control in children with cerebral palsy. During her postdoctoral training, Dr. Zarkou was awarded the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation SCIRTS Postdoctoral Fellowship (# 651039) 20-22 and was able to extend her doctoral work by investigating the effects of transcranial random noise stimulation on cortical excitability, motor and sensory function in individuals with spinal cord injury. Her current research interests focus on investigating non-invasive and highly translational to clinical practice therapeutic methods to enhance neuroplasticity, promote motor and sensory function, and improve the overall quality of life in people with spinal cord injury. She is an active member of the APTA and World Physiotherapy where she serves on the Abstract Review Committees. Dr. Zarkou is also an ad-hoc reviewer in several physical therapy and neurorehabilitation scientific journals.
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Congrès SAFNeR & Neurorehab Training 2024
22-23 February 2024
Indo-Gulf Stroke Rehabilitation Symposium
17 February 2024
First International Global Neurosurgery Conference (GNC-2024)
23-26 February 2024
AD/PD(tm) 2024 Alzheimer's & Parkinson's Diseases Conference
5-9 March 2024
European Life After Stroke Forum
11-12 March 2024
18th World Congress on Controversies in Neurology (CONy)
21-23 March 2024
ABI 2024: 17th Annual Conference on Brain Injury
27-30 March 2024
Las Vegas, USA
10-13 April 2024
San Antonio, USA
12-14 April 2024
AAN 2024: 76th Annual Meeting
13-18 April 2024
13th World Congress for Neurorehabilitation
22-25 May 2024
9-12 June 2024
San Francisco, USA
10th Congress of the European Academy of Neurology
29 June - 2 July
Organisation for Psychological Research into Stroke Annual Conference
12 July 2024
The Fifth Biennial International Conference on Paediatric Acquired Brain Injury
18-21 September 2024
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30th Anniversary: Discover an interview with the Editor-in-Chief Nathan D. Zasler, MD, and Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, PhD, on the journal's first 30 years, which has been published in the first issue of 2022 (in Vol.50, Iss.1). View the page dedicated to the 30th anniversary on this site here.
Cochrane Corners: Since 2018, NRE and Cochrane Rehabilitation have been affiliated with the aim of improving evidence-based neurorehabilitation practice, through the section in NRE called Cochrane Corners. For details, you can view the editorial announcing the news, read the press release, or access the openly available inaugural article (in Vol.43, Iss.4). We also have a dedicated section featuring all published articles Cochrane Corners.
Special Issues: NRE publishes regular special issues, providing full coverage of topical, clinically relevant, empirical information on neurorehabilitation. To see a complete list of special issues, and themed issues, that have been published over the years, go here.
Discover the contents of the latest journal issue:
Disorders of consciousness: A field in flux
Nathan D. Zasler, Caroline Schnakers
Ethical issues of nosology in disorders of consciousness
James L. Bernat, Nathaniel M. Robbins
Assessing consciousness and cognition in disorders of consciousness
Brian L. Edlow, Michael J. Young, Yelena G. Bodien
Prognosis and enhancement of recovery in disorders of consciousness
Flora M. Hammond, Mary E. Russell, Brooke Murtaugh