Rebecca Martin, OTR/L, OTD, CPAM
Manager, Clinical Education and Training, International Center for Spinal Cord Injury (ICSCI), Kennedy Krieger Institute; Assistant Professor, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Innovations in SCI Therapy: Non-invasive spinal neuromodulation for motor function improvement
(with Chris Mason-Hale & Yi-Kai Lo, PhD)
Spinal cord injury (SCI) often results in permanent neurological deficit. Individuals with SCI may lose sensation, mobility, or autonomic functions such as bladder and bowel control as signal transmission from the brain to the rest of the body is completely or partially lost at the level of the spinal cord lesion. However, key planning, coordination, and effector centers above and below the injured spinal segment remain intact. This provides an opportunity to use electrical neuromodulation to restore function by enabling intact neural circuitries residing in the spinal cord, with the goal of improving quality of life for individuals with SCI. In this presentation, Dr. Yi-Kai Lo will discuss ExaStim, an investigational non-invasive spinal neuromodulation system developed by Aneuvo, and Dr. Rebecca Martin will discuss the potential clinical benefit of using transcutaneous spinal stimulation as a treatment to SCI.
Dr. Rebecca Martin is Manager of Clinical Education and Training at the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury (ICSCI), Kennedy Krieger Institute and Assistant Professor, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She has served as principal investigator for grants from the Paralyzed Veterans of America Education Foundation and Department of Defense to develop, promote, and disseminate activity-based restorative therapy training. In 2011, Dr. Martin was recognized as a Leader in Spinal Cord Injury Care by ICSCI. From 2011-2016, Dr. Martin served as Committee Chair for the Contemporary Trends in Spinal Cord Injury Management Symposium at Kennedy Krieger. In 2015, Dr. Martin served on the NIH and NINDS Committee to establish Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury Common Data Elements. Dr. Martin speaks nationally on topics related to Activity-Based Rehabilitation and has taught continuing education courses covering neurological pathology, rehabilitation, and research.