Can our brain repair itself after a lesion?
Although this question is fascinating researchers and clinicians since decades, our understanding of recovery after neurological damage is still in its infancy.
Jonas Schröder aims to translate fundamental knowledge about the interaction between neuroplasticity and movement into innovative therapeutic strategies for stroke rehabilitation. Today, stroke survivors spend most of their time in rehabilitation alone and physically inactive. A substantial change might be required towards a rehabilitation regime that maximally stimulates the patient to recover by means of intensive training. Robots can play an assistive role in providing such rehabilitation early after a stroke by getting patients out of their beds and into movement.
Jonas Schröder is a physiotherapist and PhD fellow at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. He receives a personal PhD fellowship by the the FWO, Research Foundation Flanders (Belgium), for his research project into the mechanisms and modulators of walking recovery after stroke.