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Cognitive Neuroscience and Rehabilitation: Touch, Space & Body Awareness Workshop
Babson Executive Conference Center, Wellesley, MA
October 31 - November 2, 2007



We invite you to join a small, highly-selected group to work on a component of a large and ambitious project spearheaded by Maurizio Corbetta and Susan Fitzpatrick with the goal of defining the cognitive neuroscientific principles that could serve as a foundation for the clinical field of neurorehabilitation. We hope to accomplish this by producing and edited volume, targeted to practitioners, generated by the collective input of expert panels via a series of workshops.   Each workshop is organized around a clinically relevant function (e.g. seeing, walking, reaching, speaking. etc).  Each workshop is planned by Maurizio and Susan in consultation with experts who agree to serve as chairs.  The workshop on Seeing, with Marlene Bermanm serving as chair, occurred in the spring of 2007. The workshop we hope you will join as an active participant is Touch, Space and Body Awareness. The chairs are H. Branch Coslett and Marc Jeanerrod.  The planned date for the workshop is October 31-November 2. Babson Executive Center a facility with ready access to Boston airport.   The James S. McDonnell Foundation is sponsoring the workshop and will cover all expenses.

The organization of both the workshop and the edited volume serving as the “product” is to divide each functional topic into three chapters, with each chapter the responsibility of a panel.  Each panel’s efforts will be guided by a discussion leader.    The three chapters are intended to capture a wide breadth of knowledge.   Individual participants contributing to panels are expected to represent a broad base of knowledge and expertise.    The chapters contents include:

  1. identifying a series of principles from cognitive neuroscience (anatomy, physiology, computations) that are relevant to clinical rehab;
  2. analyzing the most common clinical syndromes in relation to the above principles; and
  3. identifying current or possible interventions based on the above principles.

The intent is to accomplish much of the work needed to produce the information forming the relevant chapters during the workshop.  The workshop time will be divided between whole group interactions and break-out sessions for the panels.  A rapporteur, responsible for note taking and generating a working document, will be assigned to each panel.  Panel members must be willing to add text and edit drafts within a tight post-workshop timeline. The McDonnell Foundation will set up a web site for the workshop so relevant reading lists, panel outlines, discussion questions, etc can be generated prior to the workshop.  The Foundation will also assist with technical support needed for preparing final manuscripts.   Participants should prepare a very brief presentation summarizing a body of knowledge relevant to the charge of the group.

We acknowledge that this project is intense and requires a serious commitment of time and effort.   But, we hope you will agree with us that the output of the panels and the workshops could have a transformative impact on the recovery and quality of life for the many people around the work suffering disabilities as a result of neurological disease and injury.  Needless to say – the success of this project depends completely on the individuals who contribute to the effort.  Your input is invaluable.

Please let us know at your earliest convenience if you will join our effort.   If you accept, more detailed information on the agenda and logistics will be provided.   Thank you for your consideration.

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