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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.

Please complete the REGISTRATION FORM to attend

Registration extended—new deadline is FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2018

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

DRAFT Agenda, titles and talks are subject to change.

March 26th, 2018
8:20 am8:30 amWelcome, introduction, announcements, and breakfast 
Basic science of reflex operant conditioning
8:30 am9:00 am25 min talk + 5 min Q&AJon Wolpaw
9:00 am9:30 am25 min talk + 5 min Q&AXiang Yang Chen
9:30 am10:00 am25 min talk + 5 min Q&AYu Wang
10:00 am10:30 amCoffee Break 
Operant conditioning of spinal reflexes and its impact on motor control
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 in people with incomplete SCI and people after stroke (25 min talk + 5 min Q&A) Rick Segal / Steven Wolf
12:10 pm1:20 pmLunch Break 
Inducing and guiding the targeted plasticity through operant conditioning
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
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 walking in people with SCI (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?
4:00 pm4:10 pmTo be determined (5 min talk + 5 min Q&A)Joosung Kim, University of Miami
4:10 pm4:20 pmTo be determined (5 min talk + 5 min Q&A)Min Kim, University of Miami
4:20 pm4:30 pmTo be determined (5 min talk + 5 min Q&A)Carrie L. Peterson, Virginia Commonwealth University
4:30 pm4:40 pmTo be determined (5 min talk + 5 min Q&A)Mark Lyle, Emory University and Georgia Tech
4:40 pm4:50 pmTo be determined (5 min talk + 5 min Q&A)Michelle McLeod, College of Charleston
5:00 pm Happy Hour/Social 
March 27th, 2018
Operant conditioning projects in the early stage of development
8:00 am8:20 amDevelopment of a reflex conditioning system for clinical use (15 min talk + 5 min Q&A)Amir Eftekhar
8:20 am8:40 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
8:40 am9:00 amOperant conditioning of FCR MEP in people with flexor hypertonia after stroke (15 min talk + 5 min Q&A)Stacey DeJong
9:00 am9:20 amfMRI operant conditioning of fine motor skills (15 min talk + 5 min Q&A)James Sulzer
9:20 am9:40 amTo be determined (15 min talk + 5 min Q&A)To be determined
9:40 am10:00 amCoffee Break 
Are there secrets to operant conditioning? 
10:00 am11:00 amPanel discussion: Hidden and obvious challenges of operant conditioningMrachacz-Kersting, Eftekhar, Segal, and Wolf
11:00 am College of Health Professions lab tour, bag lunch provided 

Please complete the REGISTRATION FORM to attend


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


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