Functions of the “Non-Eloquent” Hemisphere
This symposium is presented by Dr. Anna Greenwald and the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS).
Symposium Abstract: Classically, the brain’s right hemisphere has been thought of as the “non-dominant” or “silent” hemisphere. However, while it is true that left-hemisphere injuries are much more likely to result in obvious impairments such as aphasia or hemiparesis of the previously dominant hand, the right hemisphere is far from unimportant. To the contrary, some studies show that long-term outcomes are worse after right-hemisphere injury than after comparable damage to the left-hemisphere.
The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers and clinicians interested in furthering our understanding of right-hemisphere functions, their impairment after injury, and the impact of those impairments on long-term outcomes, to lay the foundation for better diagnostics and treatment options for people recovering from right-hemisphere injury.
Speaker: Dr. Argye E. Hillis, MD, MA
Dr. Hillis is Professor and Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Neurology, Director of the Center of Excellence in Stroke Detection and Diagnosis, and Director of the Cerebrovascular Division of Neurology, at Johns Hopkins University, where she also holds joint faculty appointments in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as in Cognitive Science and heads the S.C.O.R.E. (Stroke Cognitive Outcomes and Recovery) Lab. She began her clinical career as a Speech Language Pathologist and is now a board-certified Neurologist with more than 200 peer-reviewed publications. She is an internationally recognized expert and sought-after speaker on cognitive recovery after stroke whose extramurally funded research covers a broad array of topics including aphasia, hemispatial neglect, and loss of empathy and emotional expression.
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Wednesday, December 5 at 1:30pm to 3:30pm
MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, Teleconference Room 102 Irving St NW, Washington DC 20010