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Professor Dylan Edwards

Professor of Neuroscience

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 2341, Mobile: +19145525600, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO193105
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 2341
Mobile: +19145525600
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO193105  


Dylan Edwards holds multiple positions internationally. In addition to his position at ECU, he is the Director at Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute, USA, and Co-Director of Intensive Course in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Harvard Medical School, USA.

Dylan Edwards’ main research focus on understanding and promoting human motor function following neurological impairment using emerging technologies such as physical rehabilitation robotics, Transcranial Magnetic Brain Stimulation and Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation. His works involved people with stroke, traumatic brain injury, parkinson’s disease, inclusion body myositis, polymyositis, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, peripheral neuropathy, developmental coordination disorder and cerebral palsy. Over the past eight years, many participants in his program have experienced clinical improvements in motor function.

Edwards has served as the principal investigator or co-investigator on a number of National and International grants and commissions since 2009 with accumulated earning amount to over $9 million. He has been invited by the American Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Society, and the American Society for Neurorehabilitation to review several large clinical trials on neurorehabilitation in the USA. Professor Edwards has 13 years of experience in teaching in the areas of human motor rehabilitation and clinical neuroscience. He has trained and supervised a number of clinicians and researchers. Two of his students have received formal accolades for their works including Australian government awards for science and innovation.

Current Teaching

  • Intensive Course in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (at Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA)
  • Transcranial Current Stimulation (at Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA)

Professional Associations

  • American Society for Neurorehabilitation - Board of Directors
  • Harvard Medical School - Data and Safety Monitoring Board Member
  • International Society for Restorative Neurology - Charter Member
  • Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation - Editorial Board Member
  • Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair - Editorial Board Member
  • New York Academy of Sciences - Member
  • The Burke Medical Research Institute, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital - Clinical Research Administrator

Awards and Recognition

  • 2016 FCN Committee for International Brain Stimulation Training Guidelines.
  • 2016 NIH/NINDS, NSD-A Translational Program, Invited Reviewer, Chicago, June.
  • 2016 NIH/NIMH, Obama- White House, Brain Initiative, Invited Expert Reviewer, Washington DC.
  • 2016 International Federation for Clinical Neurophysiology (IFCN) Invited Committee Member for Training Guidelines in Noninvasive Brain Stimulation.
  • 2015 NIH/NICHD Special Emphasis Panel: Interventions for Stroke.
  • 2013 ‘State of the Science’ Address on Transcranial Brain Stimulation, by invitation, The United States Institute of Medicine, The National Academy of Sciences.
  • 2013 New York Science Leaders' discussion by invitation, Aust Governor General, New York Academy of Sciences.
  • 2013 Clinical Award, Advancement of Neuromodulation Clinical Trials. New York City Neuromodulation International Meeting.
  • 2012 Appointed to the Board of Directors, American Society of Neurorehabilitation.
  • 2007 Science and Innovation Awards, Neuromuscular Research, Dept. Ind. & Res., Govt Western Australia.
  • 2007 Science and Innovation Awards, Neuromuscular Research, Dept. Ind. & Res., Govt Western Australia.
  • 2006 Science and Innovation Award, Neuromuscular Research, Dept. Ind. & Res., Govt. Western Australia.
  • 2004 Clinical Research Fellowship, Studies of Non-invasive Brain Stimulation, The Fac.Med.Dent, The University of Western Australia.
  • 2004 Whitfield Fellowship Award, Studies of Non-invasive Brain Stimulation, The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, The University of Western Australia.

Research Areas and Interests

  • Motor rehabilitation following neurological injury (stroke, spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain injury)


  • Bachelor of Applied Science Honours, Curtin University of Technology.
  • Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy), Curtin University of Technology.
  • Doctor Of Philosophy, The University of Western Australia, 2005.


Recent Research Grants

  • Development of Methods to Assess Standing Fatigue,  Taisho Pharmaceutical Co Ltd,  Grant,  2006 - 2007,  $106,569.
  • Is therapeutic brain stimulation during exercise therapy effective for enhancing functional agonist / antagonist muscle coordination in the treatment of spasticity? ,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher - Grant,  2005 - 2007,  $14,941.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Krebs, HI., Edwards, D., Hogan, N., (2016), Forging Mens et Manus: The MIT Experience in Upper Extremity Robotic Therapy. Neurorehabilitation Technology, 333-350, London, England, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-28603-7_16.

Journal Articles

  • Bikson, M., Brunoni, A., Charvet, L., Clark, V., Cohen, L., Deng, Z., Dmochowski, J., Edwards, D., Frohlich, F., Kappenman, E., Lim, K., Loo, C., Mantovani, A., McMullen, D., Parra, L., Pearson, M., Richardson, J., Rumsey, J., Sehatpour, P., Sommers, D., Unal, G., Wassermann, E., Woods, A., Lisanby, S., (2018), Rigor and reproducibility in research with transcranial electrical stimulation: An NIMH-sponsored workshop. Brain Stimulation, 11(3), 465–480, United States, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.brs.2017.12.008.
  • Wortmann-Jutt, S., Edwards, D., (2017), Transcranial direct current stimulation in poststroke Aphasia recovery. Stroke, 48(3), 820-826, United States, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, DOI: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.116.015626.
  • Edwards, D., Cortes, M., Wortman-Jutt, S., Putrino, D., Bikson, M., Thickbroom, G., Pascual-Leone, A., (2017), Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation and Sports Performance. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 11(May), Article Number: 243, Switzerland, Frontiers Research Foundation, DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2017.00243.
  • Friel, K., Lee, P., Soles, L., Smorenburg, A., Kuo, H., Gupta, D., Edwards, D., (2017), Combined transcranial direct current stimulation and robotic upper limb therapy improves upper limb function in an adult with cerebral palsy. NeuroRehabilitation: an interdisciplinary journal, 41(1), 41-50, Amsterdam, Netherlands, IOS Press, DOI: 10.3233/NRE-171455.
  • Cortes, M., Thickbroom, G., Elder, J., Rykman, A., Valls-Sole, J., Pascual-Leone, A., Edwards, D., (2017), The corticomotor projection to liminally-contractable forearm muscles in chronic spinal cord injury: a transcranial magnetic stimulation study. Spinal Cord, 55(4), 362-366, DOI: 10.1038/sc.2016.161.
  • Cortes, M., Medeiros, A., Gandhi, A., Lee, P., Krebs, H., Thickbroom, G., Edwards, D., (2017), Improved grasp function with transcranial direct current stimulation in chronic spinal cord injury. NeuroRehabilitation: an interdisciplinary journal, 41(1), 51-59, Amsterdam, Netherlands, IOS Press, DOI: 10.3233/NRE-171456.
  • Putrino, D., Zanders, H., Hamilton, T., Rykman, A., Lee, P., Edwards, D., (2017), Patient engagement is related to impairment reduction during digital game-based therapy in Stroke. Games for Health Journal, 6(5), 295-302, New York, USA, Mary Ann Liebert Inc., DOI: 10.1089/g4h.2016.0108.
  • Caparelli-Daquer, E., Valente, A., Nigri, F., Edwards, D., Medeiros, A., (2016), A Halo-Shaped Electrode Holder System for HD-tDCS is a Practical and Flexible Alternative to the EEG Cap 4×1-Ring Montage. Brain Stimulation, 9(1), 153-155, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.brs.2015.11.001.
  • Babyar, S., Santos-Pontelli, T., Will-Lemos, T., Mazin, S., Bikson, M., Truong, D., Edwards, D., Reding, M., (2016), Center of Pressure Speed Changes with tDCS Versus GVS in Patients with Lateropulsion after Stroke. Brain Stimulation, 9(5), 796-798, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.brs.2016.06.053.
  • Grecco, L., Oliveira, C., Galli, M., Cosmo, C., Duarte, N., Zanon, N., Edwards, D., Fregni, F., (2016), Spared primary motor cortex and the presence of MEP in Cerebral Palsy dictate the responsiveness to tDCS during gait training. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10(Article 361), 11p., Frontiers Media S.A, DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00361.
  • Bolognini, N., Russo, C., Edwards, D., (2016), The sensory side of post-stroke motor rehabilitation. Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, 34(4), 571-586, IOS Press, DOI: 10.3233/RNN-150606.
  • Tsagaris, Z., Labar, D., Edwards, D., (2016), A Framework for Combining rTMS with Behavioral Therapy. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 10(Nov), article no. 82, DOI: 10.3389/fnsys.2016.00082.
  • Grimaldi, G., Argyropoulos, G., Bastian, A., Cortes, M., Davis, N., Edwards, D., Ferrucci, R., Fregni, F., Galea, J., Hamada, M., Manto, M., Miall, R., Morales-Quezada, L., Pope, P., Priori, A., Rothwell, J., Tomlinson, S., Celnik, P., (2016), Cerebellar Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (ctDCS): A Novel Approach to Understanding Cerebellar Function in Health and Disease. The Neuroscientist: reviews at the interface of basic and clinical neurosciences, 22(1), 83-97, Sage, DOI: 10.1177/1073858414559409.
  • Otal, B., Dutta, A., Foerster, A., Ripolles, O., Kuceyeski, A., Miranda, P., Edwards, D., Illic, T., Nitsche, M., Ruffini, G., (2016), Opportunities for guided multichannel non-invasive transcranial current stimulation in poststroke rehabilitation. Frontiers in Neurology, 7(Article 21), 11p., Frontiers Research Foundation, DOI: 10.3389/fneur.2016.00021.
  • Santos-Pontelli, T., Rimoli, B., Favoretto, D., Mazin, S., Truong, D., Leite, J., Pontes-Neto, O., Babyar, S., Reding, M., Bikson, M., Edwards, D., (2016), Polarity-dependent misperception of subjective visual vertical during and after transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). PLoS One, 11(3), Article number e0152331, Public Library of Science, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0152331.
  • Labar, D., Labar, A., Edwards, D., (2016), Long-Term Distributed Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for Tinnitus: A Feasibility Study. Neuromodulation, 19(3), 249-253, Blackwell Publishing Inc, DOI: 10.1111/ner.12390.
  • Peters, H., Edwards, D., Wortman-Jutt, S., Page, S., (2016), Moving forward by stimulating the brain: Transcranial direct current stimulation in post-stroke Hemiparesis. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10(Article 394), 8p., Frontiers Media S.A, DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00394.
  • Bashir, S., Vernet, M., Najib, U., Perez, J., Alonso-Alonso, M., Knobel, M., Yoo, W., Edwards, D., Pascual-Leone, A., (2016), Enhanced motor function and its neurophysiological correlates after navigated low-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation over the contralesional motor cortex in stroke. Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, 34(4), 677-689, IOS Press, DOI: 10.3233/RNN-140460.
  • Schambra, H., Ogden, R., Martinez-Hernandez, I., Lin, X., Chang, Y., Rahman, A., Edwards, D., Krakauer, J., (2015), The reliability of repeated TMS measures in older adults and in patients with subacute and chronic stroke. Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience, 9(1), Article no. 335, Frontiers Research Foundation, DOI: 10.3389/fncel.2015.00335.
  • Murray, L., Edwards, D., Ruffini, G., Labar, D., Stampas, A., Pascual-Leone, A., Cortes, M., (2015), Intensity dependent effects of transcranial direct current stimulation on corticospinal excitability in chronic spinal cord injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 96(4), S114-S121, Philadelphia, United States, W.B. Saunders, DOI: 10.1016/j.apmr.2014.11.004.
  • Thickbroom, G., Cortes, M., Rykman, A., Volpe, B., Fregni, F., Krebs, H., Pascual-Leone, A., Edwards, D., (2015), Stroke subtype and motor impairment influence contralesional excitability. Neurology, 85(6), 517-520, DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000001828.
  • Hopper, D., Grisbook, T., Newnham, P., Edwards, D., (2014), The effects of vestibular stimulation and fatigue on postural control in classical ballet dancers. Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, 18(2), 67-73, DOI: 10.12678/1089-313X.18.2.67.
  • Edwards, D., Dipietro, L., Demirtas-Tatlidede, A., Medeiros, A., Thickbroom, G., Mastaglia, F., Krebs, H., Pascual-Leone, A., (2014), Movement-generated afference paired with transcranial magnetic stimulation: An associative stimulation paradigm. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 11(1), Article No. 31, BioMed Central Ltd., DOI: 10.1186/1743-0003-11-31.
  • Elder, J., Cortes, M., Rykman, A., Hill, J., Karuppagounder, S., Edwards, D., Ratan, R., (2013), The Epigenetics of Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation: From Polycomb to Histone Deacetylases. Neurotherapeutics, 10(4), 808-816, Springer, DOI: 10.1007/s13311-013-0224-3.
  • Edwards, D., Cortes, M., Datta, A., Minhas, P., Wassermann, E., Bikson, M., (2013), Physiological and modeling evidence for focal transcranial electrical brain stimulation in humans: A basis for high-definition tDCS. NeuroImage, 74(1 July 2013), 266-275, DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.01.042.
  • Guleyupoglu, B., Schestatsky, P., Edwards, D., Fregni, F., Bikson, M., (2013), Classification of methods in transcranial Electrical Stimulation (tES) and evolving strategy from historical approaches to contemporary innovations. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 219(2), 297-311, DOI: 10.1016/j.jneumeth.2013.07.016.
  • Cortes, M., Elder, J., Rykman, A., Murray, L., Avedissian, M., Stampa, A., Thickbroom, G., Pascual-Leone, A., Krebs, H., Valls-Sole, J., Edwards, D., (2013), Improved motor performance in chronic spinal cord injury following upper-limb robotic training. NeuroRehabilitation: an interdisciplinary journal, 33(1), 57-65, DOI: 10.3233/NRE-130928.
  • Giacobbe, V., Krebs, H., Volpe, B., Pascual-Leone, A., Rykman, A., Zeiarati, G., Fregni, F., Dipietro, L., Thickbroom, G., Edwards, D., (2013), Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and robotic practice in chronic stroke: Thedimension of timing. NeuroRehabilitation: an interdisciplinary journal, 33(1), 49-56, DOI: 10.3233/NRE-130927.
  • Edwards, D., Cortes, M., Thickbroom, G., Rykman, A., Pascual-Leone, A., Volpe, B., (2013), Preserved corticospinal conduction without voluntary movement after spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord, 51(10), 765-767, DOI: 10.1038/sc.2013.74.

Conference Publications

  • Kreb, H., Peltz, A., Berkowe, J., Angacian, G., Cortes, M., Edwards, D., (2016), Robotic Biomarkers in RETT Syndrome: Evaluating Stiffness. 2016 6th IEEE International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob) Proceedings, 680-684, Piscataway, USA, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., DOI: 10.1109/BIOROB.2016.7523704.
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