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Operant Conditioning Meeting

in Charleston, SC
March 26–27, 2018

The National Center for Adaptive Neurotechnologies and The National Center of Neuromodulation for Rehabilitation invite you to attend the 7th Operant Conditioning Meeting in Charleston, SC, to discuss operant conditioning of EMG evoked potentials and related basic and clinical studies of the associated CNS plasticity. Topics include principles of reflex operant conditioning, mechanisms of conditioning-induced plasticity, recent progress in animal and human research, research methods (why and how), technology development, and basic science and translational research in the future. The goal is to provide a strong basis for continuing growth and advancement of operant conditioning research for both established and new investigators.

Confirmed speakers include:
Xiang Yang Chen
Naomi Kleitman
Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting
Richard Segal
Aiko Thompson
Yu Wang
Steven Wolf
Jonathan Wolpaw





The daily sessions will convene in 
Room A-105, 
College of Health Professions Bldg A,
151 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403.  

If you are unable to attend in person, please join us via the Internet using the WebEx system



March 26th, 2018
8:20 am8:30 amWelcome, introduction, announcements, and breakfast 
Basic science of reflex operant conditioning (Moderator:  Segal)
8:30 am9:00 amSpinal Reflex Plasticity: Recognition and Significance (25 min talk + 5 min Q&A)Jon Wolpaw
9:00 am9:30 amSpinal Reflex Conditioning in Rats: How to Do It (25 min talk + 5 min Q&A)Xiang Yang Chen
9:30 am10:00 amWhat Spinal Reflex Conditioning Does to the Spinal Cord (25 min talk + 5 min Q&A)Yu Wang
10:00 am10:30 amCoffee Break 
Operant conditioning of spinal reflexes and its impact on motor control (Moderator:  Chen)
10:30 am11:00 amSoleus H-reflex conditioning to improve walking in rats with partial SCI (25 min talk + 5 min Q&A)Jon Wolpaw & Xiang Yang Chen
11:00 am11:20 amSoleus H-reflex conditioning in people with and without incomplete SCI (15 min talk + 5 min Q&A)Aiko Thompson
11:20 am11:40 amSoleus short-latency stretch reflex conditioning in people (15 min talk + 5 min Q&A)Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting
11:40 am12:10 pmBiceps brachii stretch reflex conditioning and force feedback conditioning in people (25 min talk + 5 min Q&A) Rick Segal / Steven Wolf
12:10 pm1:20 pmWorking LunchRoundtable discussion for all
Inducing and guiding the targeted plasticity through operant conditioning (Moderator:  Thompson)
1:20 pm2:00 pmLink between inducing the CNS plasticity and improving sensorimotor function (30 min talk + 10 min Q&A)Naomi Kleitman
2:00 pm2:30 pmOperant conditioning of motor evoked potential to transcranial magnetic stimulation (25 min talk + 5 min Q&A)Aiko Thompson
2:30 pm3:00 pmPanel discussion: inducing the rapid task-dependent adaptation towards guiding the targeted long-term plasticityKleitman, Segal, Wolf, and Wolpaw
3:00 pm3:20 pmCoffee Break 
Strategy for enhancing the conditioning-induced plasticity and its beneficial effects (Moderator:  Wolpaw)
3:20 pm3:40 pmOperant conditioning + walking practice in rats (15 min talk + 5 min Q&A)Xiang Yang Chen
3:40 pm4:00 pmOperant conditioning during dynamic motion – its feasibility and effects (15 min talk + 5 min Q&A)Aiko Thompson
What can we learn from operant conditioning research and how can we apply the knowledge and technologies that are currently developing?  (Moderator:  Wolpaw)
4:00 pm4:10 pmProposal to up-condition triceps motor evoked potential in individuals with tetraplegia 
(5 min talk + 5 min Q&A)
Carrie Peterson, Virginia Commonwealth University
4:10 pm4:20 pmIs the operant down-conditioning of H-reflex indicated for patients with chronic ankle instability? 
(5 min talk + 5 min Q&A)
Min Kim, University of Miami
4:20 pm4:30 pmDoes spinal reflex excitability change in patients with anterior cruciate ligament injury following targeted reflex conditioning intervention? 
(5 min talk + 5 min Q&A)
Joosung Kim, University of Miami
4:30 pm4:40 pmH-reflex conditioning to reduce injury risk in athletes (5 min talk + 5 min Q&A)Mark Lyle, Emory University and Georgia Tech
4:40 pm4:50 pmOperant Conditioning for Chronic Ankle Instability (5 min talk + 5 min Q&A)Michelle McLeod, College of Charleston
5:00 pm7:00 pmNetworking/Poster Session - food and drink provided 
March 27th, 2018
8:00 am8:20 amAnnouncements and breakfast 
Operant conditioning projects in the early stage of development (Moderator:  Segal)
8:20 am8:40 amDevelopment of a reflex conditioning system for clinical use (15 min talk + 5 min Q&A)Amir Eftekhar
8:40 am9:00 amOperant conditioning of motor evoked torque responses to improve quadriceps function in individuals with anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (15 min talk + 5 min Q&A)Chandramouli Krishnan, University of Michigan
9:00 am9:20 amOperant conditioning of FCR MEP in people with flexor hypertonia after stroke (15 min talk + 5 min Q&A)Stacey DeJong, University of Iowa
9:20 am9:40 amfMRI operant conditioning of fine motor skills (15 min talk + 5 min Q&A)James Sulzer, University of Texas at Austin
9:40 am10:00 amCoffee Break 
Are there secrets to operant conditioning? (Moderator:  Thompson)
10:00 am11:00 amPanel discussion: Hidden and obvious challenges of operant conditioningMrachacz-Kersting, Eftekhar, Segal, and Wolf
11:00 amNoonCollege of Health Professions lab tour/demonstration, lunch provided 


If you have any question, please contact: Christina Gill, 1-843-792-6313  thompchr@musc.edu


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