Episode 42: A Stimulating Search Guest: Susan Harkema
Jason and Matthew interview Dr. Susan Harkema, from the University of Louisville. We discuss her long standing research using the strategy of neuromodulation, neuroplasticity and locomotor training to discover and understand the potential for functional recovery after Spinal Cord Injury.
Bumper music: Rest My Soul by Matthew Rodreick
As the Associate Director of Research at Frazier Rehab Institute, Dr. Harkema oversees translational human research of the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center (KSCIRC) which has an overarching focus of neural plasticity of spinal networks and recovery of function after spinal cord injury (SCI). Since its beginning, KSCIRC has been focused on sensory processing at the level of spinal cord locomotion. The program has grown over 25 years to include customized epidural stimulation of the spinal cord with task specific and intense training for the restoration of function below the level of spinal injury.