The January special issue topic of The Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy edited by guest editor Dr. Steven L. Wolf, PT, PhD, FAPTA on Technology in Neurological Physical Therapy is now available. This issue has 3 research articles and 3 special interest articles. In a proof of concept study, Vuckovic and colleagues examined a functional electrical stimulation system controlled by a brain computer interface to improve hand function in people with tetraplegia. In a randomized cross over study, Goh and colleagues explored the impact of two types of noninvasive brain stimulation on corticospinal excitability in people with chronic stroke. Gomes-Osman and Field-Fote examined the effect of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation combined with repetitive task practice on hand function and corticomotor excitability in people with tetraplegia. Stewart and Flach provide a clinical point of view on the study by Gomes-Osman and Field Fote. In a special interest article, Stoykov and Madhavan discuss motor priming as a possible way to facilitate motor learning. Borich and colleagues discuss the applications of electroencephalography to characterize brain activity in stroke. Goldberg and colleagues provide an overview of the genomic basis for neurorehabilitation.
The Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy would like to extend a special thank you to retiring associate editor Lara Boyd, PT, PhD. Dr. Boyd is the Canada Research Chair in Neurobiology of Motor Learning, a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Career Investigator, and a Peter Wall Scholar; adding to these responsibilities she has been asked to serve as Advisor to the Vice President of Research at the University of British Columbia and will be overseeing the university's health-related research. Dr. Boyd has also given many years in service to the Neurology Section, including a term as Chair of the Stroke Special Interest Group (2005-2008). We will greatly miss the outstanding contributions she has made in the role of Associate Editor since 2006. We will very much miss her discerning opinions and perceptive insights, but we know that she will continue to be an important member of our JNPT community.
The Editors are pleased to welcome Teresa Jacobson Kimberley, PT, PhD, as a new Associate Editor. Dr. Kimberley is the immediate past Director of Research for the Neurology Section. Dr Kimberley has made outstanding contributions to JNPT as an author, reviewer, and Editorial Board Member. She was the first author of the JNPT article that received the Golden Synapse Award in 2009 and is currently the principal investigator of an NIH-funded study using transcranial magnetic stimulation to understand the pathophysiology of dystonia. In addition to her expertise in non-invasive brain stimulation, Dr. Kimberley brings knowledge in the areas of functional MRI, EMG, and kinematic analysis. We appreciate the value she has placed on JNPT as evidenced by her past contributions and look forward to working with her on the editorial team.
Complementing the technology aspect of this special issue, JNPT reviews three apps for neurological physical therapy clinical practice and education: aVOR, Metronome, and iGotBalance.
A preliminary listing of the Neurology Section programming for the upcoming Combined Sections Meeting is also in this issue. The platform and poster abstracts for CSM are available at www.JNPT.org
George Fulk, PT, PhD
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