Human Cortical Physiology and Neurorehabilitation Section



The goal of the Human Cortical Physiology and Neurorehabilitation Section's (HCPS) research program is to understand the mechanisms underlying plastic changes in the human central nervous system (CNS) and develop novel rehabilitation therapies for patients with CNS lesions, such as stroke, based upon these advances. Our work has focused on the human motor system to understand skill acquisition, memory formation, consolidation and reconsolidation and how these mechanisms can be manipulated for neurorehabilitation applications. Our group has a successful track-record of combining neuroimaging (i.e. – MEG, EEG or VASO layer-fMRI), closed-loop non-invasive brain stimulation (i.e. – TMS or TES) and behavioral neuroscience techniques to investigate this important area of research.

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Leonardo Cohen, M.D.

Principal Investigator

Leonardo Cohen, M.D.

Dr. Cohen received his M.D. from the University of Buenos Aires. He did his neurology residency at Georgetown University and received postdoctoral training in Clinical Neurophysiology at the Department of Neurology, University of California (Irvine) and in Motor Control and Movement Disorders at the Human Motor Control Section, NINDS.

In 1998, Dr. Cohen became chief of the Human Cortical Physiology Section, NINDS. He is a recipient of the prestigious Humboldt Award (Humboldt Foundation) and Barbro B Johansson Award in Stroke Recovery (World Stroke Organization), and is an elected member of the American Neurological Association.