Joined May 2015
Dr. George F. Wittenberg is Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Maryland. He directs the Laboratory for Research on Arm Function and Therapy. Previously, he was Director of the Rehabilitation Program within the Department of Neurology at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He obtained his doctorate degree in Biology at the University of California, San Diego, in 1991 and completed medical school in 1993 at the same university. Dr. Wittenberg had further clinical and research training at Washington University, St. Louis and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). His ongoing research interests presently lie in using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and functional imaging to understand motor cortical reorganization following stroke and in designing and testing new methods for neurorehabilitation. He is the site principal investigator in VA Cooperative Study #558, “Robotic Assisted Upper-Limb Neurorehabilitation in Stroke Patients.” He is the principal investigator in a study of the neural plasticity that underlies robotic rehabilitation, where TMS and functional MRI are used to detect changes in motor representation, task-specific activation, and functional connectivity. He is now developing hybrid methods of combining TMS with robotic and virtual reality training, to maximize the return of motor function after neurological injury by harnessing activity-dependent brain plasticity.
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