Michael E. Selzer, M.D., Ph.D.
Michael E. Selzer, M.D., Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Neurology and director of the
Center for Experimental Neurorehabilitation Training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, as well as director of Rehabilitation Research and Development in the Department of Veterans Affairs. His research focuses on spinal cord regeneration and translating basic mechanisms of plasticity into rehabilitative therapies for central nervous system injuries. He is the lead editor of the Textbook of Neural Repair and Rehabilitation. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harnessing the Brain’s Power to Adapt After Injury
Rehabilitation from a brain or spinal cord focuses on enabling people to make the most of what functions they still have. Physical, occupational, and speech therapy, counseling, and education can go only so far, however. For neurorehabilitation to offer the hope of curing the underlying brain damage, writes an expert in the field, it must look to basic science and better clinical trials to put to work the power of the brain’s plasticity.