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Professor Dylan Edwards holds multiple positions internationally. At ECU, Edwards is the Director of NeuroRehabilitation and Robotics Laboratory which has several lines of research addressing recovery of functional movement in humans following neurological damage caused by stroke, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, or other neurological conditions. In addition, Edwards leads the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI) in Philadelphia, PA, US. MRRI consists of 10 laboratories with an annual operating budget over $6M and is part of a US top 10 rehabilitation hospital, MossRehab. At MRRI, Edwards is also Director of the Human Motor Recovery Laboratory, which aims to understand the basis of motor symptoms and motor recovery in order to inform and develop rehabilitation treatment strategies. These follow from his work in New York leading a long-standing collaboration between Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, as well as Burke-Cornell Neurological Institute in New York, to bridge engineering, neurology, and rehabilitation medicine. This cross disciplinary collaboration led to over a decade of extramural funding in studies of human motor recovery. This work resulted in scientific advancements in rehabilitation outcome predictors, non-invasive brain stimulation techniques, and rehabilitation robotics, in method as well as application.
Professor Edwards is recognized as leader in the field of Neurorehabilitation, having served two terms (6 years) on the board of directors, and recently the strategic planning committee, for the American Society for Neurorehabilitation. He has educational leadership and administration experience. He initiated and chaired an international meeting on the State of the Science in Post-Stroke Motor Recovery at ECU in 2018, with leaders in the field; co-chaired a successful Continuing Medical Education course at Harvard Medical School for a decade (2008-2018); co-founded the annual NYC Neuromodulation Symposium; and co-founded and co-directed the New York Rehabilitation Robotics Symposium. Edwards has over a decade of experience in academia, including teaching, administration, mentoring, curriculum development and the historical transition to electronic teaching platforms. He has given invited lectures at the US Institute of Medicine (National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC); and been invited as a speaker on scientific rigor of non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) at the US National Institute of Health (NIH). He has been an invited expert on the international technical training standards committee for NIBS (International Federation for Clinical Neurophysiology); and on rehabilitation robotics for the US Food and Drug Administration. Edwards has served as the principal investigator or co-investigator on several national and international grants and commissions since 2009 with accumulated earning amount to over $10 million. He has further served on Data Safety Monitoring Boards of NIH funded studies; as well as served as an invited reviewer for federal competitive grants in the US, Canada, Europe, New Zealand and Australia.
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