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Darby Children’s Research Institute Pediatric Research Symposium

This is now a brand new 2-day event!

Please join us on Friday, April 13, 2018, 8am-4:30pm and Saturday, April 14, 2018, 8am-noon!

MUSC Bioengineering Building, 1st Floor, Room 110

Day 1 Friday, April 13, 2018, 8am – 4:30pm

Abstracts, Posters, Judging event and Award Ceremony
A senior faculty member from the research team should be present for the platform presentation.

The final booklet is now available for the DCRI & Pediatrics Research Symposium.

The Awards will include:
  • Outstanding Research Poster by a Trainee $300
  • Outstanding Research Poster by a Faculty Member $300
  • Outstanding Oral Presentation by a Trainee $500
  • Outstanding Oral Presentation by a Faulty Member $500
  • The Mitchell Rubin Award for Pediatric Research (Senior Faculty) $300
  • The Mitchell Rubin Award for Pediatric Research (Junior Faculty) $300

Day 2  Saturday, April 14, 2018, 8:00 am - Noon

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Keynote Presentation: “Functional Recovery after Pediatric Brain Injury – Application of Innovative Rehabilitation Technologies”

Dr. Kimberly Kuchinski, MD, MPH

Kimberly Kuchinski, M.D., MPH
Medical Director Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network
Allentown, PA

Friday, April 13, 2018, 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) refers to injury to the brain which results in cognitive, physical and psychosocial impairment. Symptoms such as decline in level of arousal, memory loss, gross and fine motor impairment, visual deficits, balance impairment, other neurological deficits or even death result from TBI. These injuries not only affect the children, but have lasting effects on their families and communities. TBI is the most costly public health crisis in America and the leading cause of long term disability in children. It is critical to understand and discover ways to improve cognition, vision, gross and fine motor control, stabilize behavior, mood and impulsivity following brain injury. While historically rehabilitation following a traumatic brain injury focused on compensation for loss of function, rehabilitation is now focusing on neuroplastic interventions to promote recovery and restore function.  This presentation will focus on many rehabilitation interventions used to induce neuroplasticity including constraint induced movement therapy, various modes of locomotion training, interactive metronome, virtual reality, transcranial stimulation, neuromuscular electric stimulation, functional electrical stimulation for extremities and in swallowing therapy. Biochemical changes following TBI and pharmacological interventions that aide in TBI recovery will be explored. Finally, the future of TBI rehabilitation in pediatrics will be discussed. 

Learning objectives:

1.       To familiarize participants with the severity of traumatic brain injury in pediatrics as a public health crisis
2.       To understand neuroplasticity and the application of neuroplasticity in rehabilitation
3.       To enable participants to understand different rehabilitation interventions used to induce neuroplasticity
4.       To explore the pathophysiology of brain injury and beneficial pharmacological interventions after TBI

Named Best Children's Hospital

The U.S. News & World Report rankings once again place the MUSC Children’s Hospital heart program among the top 20 in the country. Six MUSC Children’s Hospital divisions are honored in the rankings:

  • Cardiology & Heart Surgery
  • Nephrology
  • Urology
  • Cancer
  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
  • Orthopedics



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