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Professor Dylan Edwards is a human clinical neuroscientist who has spent the past decade in New York and Boston at Burke-Cornell and Harvard University respectively. His group studies motor recovery after neurological damage including adult stroke, spinal cord injury, and cerebral palsy. The work incorporates emerging technologies of transcranial magnetic stimulation, and rehabilitation robotics. Professor Edwards is advancing these therapies, examining efficacy and biomarkers of recovery, as well as investigating novel combinatorial therapies such as with new drugs or dietary modification. Edith Cowan University is young and vibrant, rapidly rising to serious research productivity status on the International stage, and is well positioned geographically and economically for success in clinical research. Forging great connections between ECU and world leading universities in the United States is a strategic move, whereby new ideas can be shared and tested. The vision for Professor Edwards and his team is to have ECU as a leader in clinical neuroscience research, by partnering with Western Australian, Interstate and International hospitals.
Dylan Edwards holds multiple positions in national and international universities. He is the Professor of Neuroscience in the School of Medical and Health Sciences at Edith Cowan University and the Associate Professor of Clinical Neurophysiology at Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell University, USA. He is also the Director of the Brain Stimulation and Robotics Laboratory, the Director of Restorative Neurology Clinic at Burke Medical Research Institute, as well as the Co-Director of Intensive Course in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Harvard Medical School, USA. Further he is a scientific consultant for Neurology/Neurorehabilitation Departments in Australia, Spain and Brazil.
Professor Dylan Edwards’ main research interests focus on understanding and promoting neuroplasticity following brain lesion, and in particular, using controlled physical rehabilitation (robotics) combined with non-invasive brain stimulation of motor areas. He has extensive experience using non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) as an investigative and therapeutic tool in human subjects, initially at The University of Western Australia Medical Faculty, then BIDMC/Harvard and MIT in Boston, and Burke-Cornell in New York.
Edwards’ extensive clinical experience in motor rehabilitation has involved working with traumatic brain injury, stroke, 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 through foundation, industry, National Institute of Health, USA, and funding many participants in his program have experienced clinically meaningful gains in function. His clinical research expertise has been recognized through invitations to review and comment on some of the largest recent Neurorehabilitation Mulitcenter Clinical Trials in the United States, via the American Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Society, and the American Society for Neurorehabilitation.
Professor Edwards has more than 12 years experience lecturing at tertiary level in the areas of human motor rehabilitation, motor control and skill acquisition, and clinical neuroscience. He has trained and supervised a number of clinicians and researchers in the use of TMS and tDCS in clinical studies. Two of his students have received formal accolades for this work, including Australian government awards for science and innovation, and the work has been presented internationally.
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