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Chen H, Epstein J, Stern E. Neural plasticity after acquired brain injury: Evidence from functional neuroimaging. American Academy of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Suppl.2. S306- S312, December 2010

Summary of the article:

New evidence using different neuroimaging methods indicates that the adult central nervous system is capable of plasticity. These neuroimaging methods are important in identifying how these changes occur, diagnosis, prognosis and potential treatment approaches. The concepts of spontaneous reorganisation and training induced recovery are reviewed. Future directions, especially using neuroimaging, in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of brain injury are introduced to the reader.

Objectives of this course:

On completion of this CPD activity, the participant will be able to:

  1. Define neural plasticity.
  2. Describe processes of brain remodelling including spontaneous reorganistaion and training induced recovery.
  3. Describe the characteristics of reorganisation in successful recovery.
  4. Discuss the microscopic and molecular mechanisms that underlie neural plasticity.
  5. Describe some future directions in the treatment of severe brain injury.