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Guest Editorial: From neuroscience to neuro-rehabilitation: transferring basic neuroscientific principles from laboratory to bedside

Alexander Koenig1*, Andreas Luft2 and Iahn Cajigas3

Author Affiliations

1 Harvard Medical School, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Motion Analysis Lab, Boston, MA, USA

2 University Hospital Zurich, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

3 Harvard/MIT Division of Science and Technology and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

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Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2013, 10:6  doi:10.1186/1743-0003-10-6

Published: 21 January 2013

Abstract

Several new approaches for treatment of Central Nervous System (CNS) disorders are currently under investigation, including the use of rehabilitation training strategies, which are often combined with electrical and/or pharmacological modulation of spinal locomotor circuitries. While these approaches show great promise in the laboratory setting, there still exists a large gap in knowledge on how to transfer these treatments to daily clinical use. This thematic series presents a cross section of cutting edge approaches with the goal of transferring basic neuroscience principles from the laboratory to the proverbial "bedside".