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Cognitive Neuroscience and Rehabilitation: Action Workshop
Babson Executive Conference Center, Wellesley, MA
May 11 - 14, 2008



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.  Workshops in Seeing and Touch, Space and Body Awareness have occurred. The workshop we hope you will join as an active participant is Action. The chairs are Scott Frey, Valerie Pomeroy, and Krish Sathian.  The planned date for the workshop is May  11-14, 2008 at the Babson College Executive Center, a facility readily accessible to the 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.   The 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.
We must emphasize that each panel participant is selected on the basis of his/her ability to broadly represent a body of knowledge.   Participants may be asked to give brief presentations summarizing broad areas of content or identifying useable principles for guiding rehab synthesized from the research literature.  Participants will not be asked to give presentations concentrating on their own research programs.

The intent is to accomplish much of the work needed to produce the information forming the relevant chapters during the workshop.   In fact, the final day of the meeting will be devoted to the production of drafts for each chapter.  The workshop time will be divided between whole group interactions, break-out sessions for the panels, and time dedicated to writing the manuscript drafts.  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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