Multiprofessional Care Integration Challenges

Neurorehabilitation

Motor Skill Learning and Neuroplasticity in the Neurological Patient

21-I16
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June 18th 2021 - June 19th 2021
COURSE COORDINATORS
António Lopes (PT, MSc) , 
Hugo Santos (PT, MSc)
COURSE PRESENTATION
In recent years there has been significant progress in understanding the neural substrates that support motor learning, both in normal situations and in neurological diseases.

Technological and scientific advances in neuroimaging have provided a new insight into the functional reorganization associated with acquisition, consolidation, and retention of motor skills.

The extent of cortical neuroplastic changes have been shown to be a key neurophysiological characteristic for the level of functional recovery after brain injury. Thus, intervention strategies that attempt to maximize cortical reorganization, based on the neurophysiological principles of neural plasticity, provide the greatest potential for successful rehabilitation in improving motor and cognitive functions following central nervous system injury.

This course aims to review the most recent evidence on the neuroplastic changes that occur in association with motor and cognitive disorders due to neurological damage. In addition, the essential role of motor skills training will be discussed in order to guide the clinician in optimizing the rehabilitation strategies of neurologically injured individuals. We will also analyse the evidence showing that functional and structural plasticity of the nervous system occurs at different spatial
and temporal scales.
TARGET AUDIENCE
Course for all health professionals working in the area of neurorehabilitation
LEARNING OBJECTIVES >> KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS TO DEVELOP
  1. To review and to deepen the behavioral and neurobiological principles that support the neuroplastic changes associated to the mechanisms of learning and recovery of the function after neurological injury.
  2. To define and discuss the practice parameters that effectively stimulate neuroplastic changes and motor learning.
  3. To highlight methods that promote positive neuroplastic changes.
  4. To discuss how neurorehabilitation should be organized to optimize the recovery of motor function
ADMISSION CRITERIA
  • Curriculum vitae including certificate of academic qualifications or professional certificate, a proof of professional practice in the area of neurorehabilitation and a letter of motivation for the theme of the course
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