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Dr Aoyama received his Medical Doctor license in 1994, and his Doctor of Medicine in 2004 from Kyoto University. He worked as Assistant Professor in the Institute for Frontier Medical Sciences, Kyoto University from 2004 to 2009. Dr Aoyama is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, Human Health Sciences, Kyoto University. His expertise and research focus is rehabilitation regenerative medicine. During the period of 2007-2012, Dr Aoyama performed clinical trials investigating remedies for osteonecrosis of femoral head using mesenchymal stem cells.



Dr Deutsch, PT, PhD, FAPTA, received her BA in Human Biology from Stanford, her MS in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California and her PhD in Pathokinesiology from New York University. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Rehabilitation Research at The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr Deutsch is a Professor and Director of the Research in Virtual Environments and Rehabilitation Sciences (Rivers) Lab in the Doctoral Programs in Physical Therapy at the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Her current research includes the development and testing of virtual reality, and off-the shelf gaming systems to improve functional mobility and fitness of individuals with neurologic conditions and knowledge translation relative to evidence-based practice and adoption of video games in practice. Dr Deutsch is the immediate past Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy and a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Neural Engineering Research and Games for Health. The AHA, NSF, and NIH fund her work.



Dr Ito received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences at Kyoto University, and the Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, in Kyoto, Japan. As a graduate student and a postdoctoral fellow at Kyoto University, Dr Ito studied and published studies in molecular and cellular biology, animal experimentation, and various analytical methods. His work in rehabilitation and cellular biology formed the foundation of Dr Ito’s current research in regenerative rehabilitation. His research involves understanding the effects and underlying mechanisms of physical therapy for regenerative medicine. Dr Ito collaborates with other experts and specialists in hand and peripheral nerve surgery, rehabilitation, regenerative medicine, and 3-D bioprinting.


Dr Lee is an Associate Professor at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles, California. He maintains clinical practice at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego with dual board certifications in geriatrics and wound management. Dr Lee was the recipient of the APTA Minority Faculty Award in 2008 and Adopt-A-Doc Award in 2011. He conducted National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)-funded telehealth research with the University of Pittsburgh. He also serves as telehealth core leader on the APTA’s Frontier in Rehabilitation Science and Technology Council. Dr Lee graduated from Duke University with his MSPT, tDPT from Creighton University, and PhD from Nova Southeastern University.



Dr Peters received her Bachelor of Science degree in 2001 from the University of Alabama – Birmingham, and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree (2007) and PhD in Exercise Science (2015) from the University of South Carolina. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Emory University in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, while also working as a PRN physical therapist at Emory Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr Peters’ research interest focuses on using a combinatorial approach (clinical, neuroimaging, neurophysiological) to study motor impairment and treatment-induced recovery in persons with neurologic injury. She has also published papers regarding walking speed assessment in older adults and persons with stroke.



Dr Piraino received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Washington University in 2005. He was granted his DPT degree from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2012 and completed his residency training at the university in 2013. Dr Piraino currently practices at Select Physical Therapy in the Houston, Texas region. His position with Select Medical includes full-time clinical practice, in addition to new graduate mentorship and development of Select Medical’s residency curriculum. In addition, Dr Piraino has authored several online didactics regarding evidence appraisal and interpretation during this past year, and has presented on the topic of clinical prediction rules in physical therapy practice. He is an adjunct faculty member at USC and a faculty member for both Select Physical Therapy's and USC's physical therapy residencies. He also serves on the national steering committee for Select Medical’s orthopaedic residency program. He is a board-certified orthopaedic clinical specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Dr Piraino’s research involves understanding the mechanisms underlying physical therapy.



Dr Takenaka-Ninagawa received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 2008, her Masters of Science degree in Rehabilitation in 2010, and her Doctor of Science degree in Rehabilitation in 2013 from Nagoya University. She received national qualification in physical therapy in 2008. Dr Takenaka-Ninagawa is a researcher at the Center for Induced Pluripotent Stem (iPS) Cell Research and Application (CiRA) at Kyoto University. She also has been actively involved in the Regenerative Rehabilitation unit at the university for 4 years. Her research agenda focuses on regenerative medicine for skeletal muscle disease by using human iPS cells and training approaches to enhance the effect of cell therapy.



Dr Trumbower is Director of Research in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Emory University. He also holds a joint faculty appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Emory, Dr Trumbower was a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. He received his MS and PhD degrees in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Connecticut, as well as his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Duke University. Dr Trumbower’s research interest focuses on the study of novel technologies that elicit endogenous mechanisms of neural plasticity and enhance motor recovery in persons with spinal cord injury.



Dr Wolf is Professor, Medicine and Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, Center for Rehabilitation Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He received his Certificate in Physical Therapy from Columbia University in 1966 and his MS in Physical Therapy from Boston University in 1968. He received his MS in Anatomy and his PhD in Neurophysiology from Emory University in 1972 and 1973, respectively. Dr Wolf is an internationally respected researcher in the field of neuroscience and neurophysiology. His research investigates novel interventions to improve extremity use in patients with stroke as well as mechanisms of cortical reorganization and interjoint coordination associated with such changes. For the past 20 years, he has led numerous National Institutes of Health-funded clinical trials investigating this concept. Recently his lab has emphasized clinical measures of neural plasticity for interventions designed to improve posture in older adults or stroke survivors, as well as to improve limb function in the latter group through the addition of electrophysiological (including TMS) and imaging studies. Dr Wolf’s latest research involves the use of robotics and mixed reality, both of which have telerehabilitation capabilities and are directed toward home-based treatment post-stroke care.

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