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Futurehealth WinterBrain 20 minute plenary presentation by Bernard Brucker.

Neuroplasticity: Implications for Long Term Recovery after CNS Damage

Bernard S. Brucker, Ph.D, ABPP
University of Miami School of Medicine

Recent findings from the neurosciences have shown that CNS cell damage occurring from trauma or disease has the capability of long term repair, such as axonal growth and re-myelinization. Further, both dendrite and axonal sprouting have been known to occur after damage, although it still remains apparent that cell death results in the absence of CNS tissue due to the inability for regeneration of new CNS cells.

Individuals who suffer CNS damage have been known to regain some if not a substantial amount of function clinically although the time of recovery does appear to be limited to about one year post damage. As such, the clinical field assumes that all the repair and alternate cell use of the CNS occurs within that time. However, it has been shown that behavioral techniques, especially those using an operant conditioning based learning paradigm applied to specific learned control of motor neuron responses can result in significantly more efficient use of remaining and repairing cells structures with a substantial improvement in function which would not otherwise occur.

This presentation will discuss the recent findings related to cell repair and demonstrate how specific operant conditioning techniques used in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback applications, designed to increase voluntary control of motor neuron responses, can result in significantly greater use of CNS tissue regardless of the time since damage and its associated clinical effect.


Author: Bernard Brucker

Bernard S. Brucker, Ph.D., ABPP University of Miami School of Medicine Biographical Sketch Dr. Bernard S. Brucker is Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, and Radiology at the University of Miami-School of Medicine. He is a psychologist, Board-certified in Rehabilitation Psychology, who has been a leader in the field of rehabilitation and is currently the Director of the Biofeedback Laboratory at the University of Miami School of Medicine / Miami Jewish Home and Hospital. He has been Chief of the Division of Psychology at the University of Miami / Jackson Memorial Center from 1981 to 2005. He is the past President of the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology of the American Psychological Association and the recent past Chairman of the Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Advisory Council for the State of Florida. Dr. Brucker is currently President of the American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology, President of the Academy of Rehabilitation Psychology, Member of the Board of the American Board of Professional Psychology, President of the Council of Presidents of Psychology Specialty Academies, President of the Florida Brain Injury Association and past Board Member of the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. Dr. Brucker has received the Gil Moss Award from the National Spinal Cord Injury Association for outstanding scientific and clinical contribution to spinal cord injury, the Exceptional Achievement Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for microprocessor control of movement in paralyzed muscle, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Dade County Chapter of the Florida Psychological Association, the Distinguished Service Award, Division of Rehabilitation Psychology, American Psychological Association and the Karl F. Heiser Presidential Award from the American Psychological Association. Dr. Brucker is one of the founders, and the original Co-Director of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. He is world renowned for developing specific behavioral procedures for restoring function to people with physical disabilities and has numerous publications, chapters, and presentations at scientific meetings.

Other Products by Bernard Brucker

1) The Emerging Role of Biofeedback and Neurofeedback in Neuroplasticity
2) Recent advances in the Neuro and Behavior Sciences and their implications for biofeedback
3) Coma Patients
4) Biofeedback Mediated Long Term Repair in CNS Damage

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