UCLA Neurorehabilitation Fellowship

Length of Fellowship: 12-24 months
Year Established: 1989
Residents per Year: 1

The Neurological Rehabilitation Program offers a 1-2 year fellowship to develop neurorehabilitation skills and for clinical and basic research training. Research opportunities include animal models of recovery after stroke and spinal cord injury, as well as functional neuroimaging during innovative strategies to improve walking and use of the upper extremity. A telerehabilitation program that deploys wireless wearable sensors and home-based instrumented devices to monitor real-world activities and for use as outcome measurement tools is also available. One clinical emphasis includes aspects of functional recovery and neuroplasticity related to motor control and motor learning. We aim to develop clinical scientists who can become leaders in this exciting field, so up to 50% time can be set aside for research. The fellow attends a weekly half-day neurorehabilitation outpatient clinic at UCLA and gains experience in clinical care at the nearby California Rehabilitation Institute , a 100 bed  facility that is directed by one of our faculty, Dr. David Alexander. Both neurologists and physiatrists manage inpatients there. Drs. Alexander, Andrew Dorsch, and Bruce Dobkin teach and attend and additional wet lab research experiences are provided by Drs. Leif Havton, S. Thomas Carmichael, and Jason Hinman.

Requirements: MD, PhD, DPT
Primary Topic: Motor recovery and Neural Repair After Stroke
Secondary Topics: Motor Control, Skill Practice and Exercise, Mobile Health and Wearable Sensors, Molecular Biology of Repair, Animal Modeling of Repair

Contact Information:
Bruce H. Dobkin, M.D.
Distinguished Professor of Clinical Neurology
UCLA Department of Neurology
Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
710 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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