Meet the UCI Neurorehabilitation Researchers

 
Steven C. Cramer, M.D.

Director, UCI Neurorehabilitation Laboratory
Professor and Vice Chair of Research, Neurology
Associate Director, UCI Institute for Clinical and Translational Science
Clinical Director, Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center
Professor, Anatomy & Neurobiology

     
Contact:   Phone: 714.456.6876
Pager: 714.506.2929
Fax: 714.456.8805
Email: scramer@uci.edu
     
Education:   B.A., Neurobiology; University of California, Berkeley, 1983
M.D.; University of Southern California, School of Medicine, 1988
M.M.Sc.; Harvard Medical School, 1997
     
Research Interests:   Stroke, Recovery from injury to central nervous system, Human brain mapping
 
Lucy Dodakian, MA, OTR/L

Research Occupational Therapist, UCI Neurorehabilitation Laboratory

     
Contact:   Phone: 949.824.8748
Pager: 714-506-4163
Fax: 949.824.5488
Email: ldodak@uci.edu
     
Education:   B.A., Psychology; University of Southern California; 1992
M.A., Occupational Therapy; University of Southern California; 1995
     
Research Interests:   Occupational Therapy, Rehabiliation
     
Projects:   Stroke & Telerehabilitation This study investigates how in-home therapy for the arm and hand can improve function after stroke. Some of the therapy days are monitored by a physical or occupational therapist using a webcam. This therapy is also combined with a dopamine drug that has been shown in some studies to improve the effects of rehabilitation. The goal of our study is to hopefully help improve arm and hand function in stroke patients and the find the best therapies for stroke survivors.
 
Erin Burke Quinlan

Ph.D. Candidate, UCI Neurorehabilitation Laboratory

     
Contact:   Phone: 949.824.6032
Fax: 949.824.5488
Email: eburke@uci.edu
     
Education:   B.S., Neuroscience; University of California, Irvine, 2005
     
Research Interests:   Structural and functional MRI, Cortical plasticity, Understanding neurological basis for heterogeneity in neurological disorders
     
Projects:   Biomarkers and predictors of motor recovery after stroke I have used structural and functional MRI, along with clinical variables and genetics, to identify which candidate measures serve as predictors and biomarkers of treatment-induced motor recovery after stroke. Considering the hurdle of stroke heterogeneity, the ultimate goal of this work is to identify tools that will improve patient stratification to appropriate stroke therapies.
 
Jennifer Wu

Ph.D. Candidate, UCI Neurorehabilitation Laboratory
Medical Scientist Training Program, MS2/GR3

     
Contact:   Phone: 949.824.6032
Fax: 949.824.5488
Email: jcwu1@uci.edu
     
Education:   B.S., Biomedical Engineering; Washington University in St. Louis, 2009
     
Research Interests:   Brain injury, Neurorehabilitation, Cortical plasticity, Resting-state, Brain Networks, EEG
     
Projects:  

Resting-state networks in motor skill acquisition These studies are investigating markers brain state that predict response to training on a novel motor skill. We are interested in whether similar networks can predict response to training on different motor skills, or if modulation of task content will augment the network that predicts response to training.

Markers and predictors of motor recovery after stroke These studies are investigating resting-state EEG markers of motor status and predictors of motor recovery in individuals with hemiparesis after stroke. These studies are being conducted in individuals in subacute and chronic phases of stroke recovery.