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Cutting Edge Evidence: Everything a Practicing Clinician Needs to Know to Improve Outcomes After Str
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Cutting Edge Evidence: Everything a Practicing Clinician Needs to Know to Improve Outcomes After Str

4/27/2019 to 4/28/2019
When: Saturday, April 27, 7:30am-5:30pm
Sunday, April 28, 7:30am-12:00pm
Where: Long Beach Memorial Medical Center
2801 Atlantic Avenue
Van Dyke Auditorium
Long Beach, CA  90806
United States
Presenter: Carolee Winstein, PT, PhD; Dorian Rose, PT, PhD; Julie Hershberg, PT, DPT; Nancy Byl, PT, PhD
Contact: Rita Pierson
(916) 929 -2782 x105

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Course Objectives

At the conclusion of the program, the participant will be able to:


  • Summarize the current state of modern stroke rehabilitation practice based on evidence, task forces (StrokeNet) and stroke guidelines
  • Discuss current controversies limiting effectiveness in stroke rehabilitation
  • Outline major practical barrier(s) to restoring function and health for survivors chronic post stroke
  • Synopsize strategies to integrate research evidence and novel rehabilitation training into clinical practice through case examples.



7:00-7:30 am Registration
7:30-7:45 am Introductions
7:45-8:15 am Summary of the current state of modern stroke rehab practice
8:15-10:00 am Current evidence for or current controversies about

  • Early mobility training 
  • Backward walking
  • Split treadmill
  • Body unweighting

10:00-10:15 am Break
10:15-12:00 pm Current Evidence continued

  • Restoration vs. compensation 
  • Promotion of self-management
  • Health, wellness and fitness

12:00-12:45 pm Lunch provided
12:45-2:00 pm Current Evidence continued

  • Importance of enriched environments for brain repair
  • Robotics
  • Telemedicine

2:00-2:15 pm Break
2:15-5:30 pm Current Evidence Continued

  • New interventions 
  • The placebo effect
  • Dosage
  • Pragmatic issues


7:30-8:00 am Review of Saturday’s presentations
8:00-9:30 am Break-out Groups and Case Studies
9:30-9:45 pm Break
9:45-11:15 am Break-out Groups and Case Studies
11:15-12:00 pm Wrap-up, summary and questions

Speaker Bio(s)

Carolee Winstein, PT, PhD, FAPTA is professor of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy and directs the Motor Behavior and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA. She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Neurology, USC Keck School of Medicine. She is best known for work concerned with the functional neural and behavioral basis of motor control and learning and its relationship to neurorehabilitation. She has published extensively on scientifically derived neurorehabilitation approaches to enhance recovery and repair after adult onset stroke. Winstein is principal investigator (PI) for the first clinical research network, PTClinResNet, funded by the Foundation for Physical Therapy; she is Co-PI of the first National Institutes of Health (NIH) phase III Multi-site Randomized Clinical Trial of a rehabilitation intervention for upper extremity recovery in stroke, Extremity Constraint-Induced Therapy Evaluation (EXCITE); she is PI for an individual investigator NIH funded grant, Brain and Behavioral Correlates of Arm Rehabilitation after Stroke, a companion to EXCITE; and Co-PI of a NIH roadmap planning and exploratory project, the Interdisciplinary Study of Neuroplasticity and Stroke Rehabilitation (ISNSR). In 2005, she was appointed to the National Advisory Board on Medical Rehabilitation Research (NABMRR) of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) of the NIH. Recent research efforts that provide critical background and experience for the development of innovative approaches in neurorehabilitation include: 1) feasibility of Novel Virtual Environments and Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (NIH Phase I STTR), 2) Safety and Effectiveness of Cortical Stimulation in the Treatment of Upper Extremity Hemiparesis (Northstar Neuroscience, Inc.), and the recently awarded, NIH NINDS/NICHD Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Arm Rehabilitation Evaluation (I-CARE) Stroke Initiative, a Multi-Center phase III Randomized control Trial.

Dorian Rose, PT, PhD is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. Dr. Rose’s interests as a researcher, educator and clinician are in adult neurorehabilitation. She is currently Clinical Research Coordinator for the NIH-funded trial, Locomotor Experience Applied Post-Stroke (LEAPS), and is Principal Investigator of “Homeward Bound,” an investigation in partnership with Brooks Rehabilitation Clinical Research Center to examine the effectiveness of translating motor learning principles into clinical practice. Her research interests are in developing intervention strategies, based on principles of neuroplasticity and motor learning, for the rehabilitation of post-stroke motor control deficits. Dr. Rose received her Ph.D. in Biokinesiology from the University of Southern California.

Julie Hershberg, PT, DPT is a passionate neurologic physical therapist, educator, mentor, learner and forever neuro-nerd. She owns and practices at [re+active] physical therapy & wellness, a state of the art outpatient neurologic physical therapy and wellness practice in Los Angeles. It is here she has the privilege to lead a team of PTs, OTs, yoga therapists and personal trainers to change the lives of people with neurologic disorders. She also gets to lead the clinical education of many students and direct the Schmidt Movement Disorders Fellowship. Her clinical practice is greatly influenced by her teaching (for the last 8 years) of Neuroanatomy and Neuropathology at the University of Southern California, Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. Where else does a PT get to make brains and lesions out of play-doh and tweet summaries from a neurologic differential diagnosis lab? She truly loves a fun and interactive classroom where research, didactic learning, student knowledge and dancing all come together. You will also find Julie online through the NeuroCollaborative where she is spreading the #iloveneuro PT spirit and furthering the profession of neurologic physical therapy.

Nancy Byl, PT, PhD, FAPTA is currently an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. After completing her MPH in 1968, she joined the UCSF faculty in the Division of Ambulatory and Community Medicine. She was the Director of Rehabilitation at Pacific Medical Center and Children's Hospital and then completed her PhD in 1985. She joined the faculty in the Curriculum of Physical Therapy in l985. She had the opportunity to create a joint MPT with San Francisco State University and then created the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science in the School of Medicine in l990. She served as Chair until 2008. In that time, approval was received to offer a DPTSc degree from UCSF/SFSU, to initiate the post professional DPT degree and then the entry level DPT as a joint UCSF/ SFSU degree. The post professional DPT also included CSUFresno. Dr. Byl has received numerous awards including becoming a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and received the Lucy Blair Service Award. From the California Chapter of the APTA, she has also received the Charles Magistro Award for Outstanding Service, the Royce B. Noland Award of Merit, and the Outstanding Research Presentation Award. She has served on the Board of Directors of the CPTA for multiple terms and currently is President of the Physical Therapy Fund which supports research for young physical therapy investigators. Dr. Byl currently provides specialty lectures in the academic program, provides patient care in the UCSF PT Health and Wellness Center and is involved in multiple clinical research studies involving rehabilitation technology and exercise programs for patients post stroke and post Parkinson’s Disease.


Beth Fisher, PT, PhD, FAPTA is an Associate Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California. She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Neurology, Keck School of Medicine at USC. Dr. Fisher is the director of the Neuroplasticity and Imaging Laboratory primarily using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to investigate brain-behavior relationships during motor skill learning and motor control in both non-disabled individuals and individuals with neurologic disorders. Additionally, Dr. Fisher is the director of the University of Southern California/Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center (USC/RLANRC) Residency Program in Neurologic Physical Therapy. She previously worked at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center on the Adult Neurology and Brain Injury Services and continues to consult and teach nationally and internationally on current concepts for the treatment of adults with neurological disorders. During her years as a clinician and rehabilitation specialist, it was her greatest ambition to be a part of developing physical therapy interventions that would maximize neural and behavioral recovery in individuals suffering from pathological conditions affecting the nervous system. Towards this goal she is currently studying the effects of high-intensity exercise on functional recovery and brain repair in Parkinson’s disease using TMS and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) as markers of neuroplasticity. Additionally, she is studying brain changes using TMS in individuals with stroke undergoing skilled rehabilitation; healthy individuals learning complex motor skills and individuals undergoing ankle manipulation as part of a physical therapy program for ankle.

Alison Mckenzie, PT, DPT, PhD is a professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Chapman University and a Project Scientist in the Department of Neurology at the University of California at UCI. She enjoys combining her extensive clinical, research, and teaching experience in her role as a faculty member and is committed to giving back to the community and profession through service. Dr. McKenzie has played an integral role in the evolution of the Department and University, holding several leadership positions over the years. As the Anatomy Team Leader, she has been instrumental in developing the curriculum, recruiting and mentoring faculty and Teaching Assistants, designing new laboratory facilities on both the Orange and Rinker campuses, and overseeing Anatomy Laboratory operations (1997-2017).

Natalia Sánchez, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Research at the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at USC. She completed her MS and Ph.D. degrees in Biomedical Engineering at the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences at Northwestern University, where her research focused on the neuropathophysiology of stroke. She completed her post-doctoral training at the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California, where she focused on motor learning and the energetic cost of walking in individuals post-stroke. She has received the American Heart Association pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships and is currently a scholar in the Mentored Career Development in Clinical and Translational Science – KL2 grant.

Julie Tilson, PT, DPT is a professor of clinical physical therapy at the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. She specializes in understanding the most effective methods for translating rehabilitation research into clinical practice. Dr. Tilson is co-author Evidence Based Physical Therapy, 2nd ed. (FA Davis, 2019) and has authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications. She is Director of the USC hybrid DPT program and is President of the Section on Research of the American Physical Therapy Association. Her clinical area of specialty is vestibular rehabilitation and she is a board-certified specialist in neurologic physical therapy.


13.0 contact hours or 1.3 CEUs

Instruction Level: Basic-Intermediate
Format: Lecture with breakout sessions for interactive case review and discussion.
Target Audience: PTs, PTAs


Registration received by April 20, 2019
$500 APTA PT members
$350 APTA PTA members
$200 APTA Student members
$800 Non-members

Add $100 for late registration.
No on-site registration permitted.


All cancellation requests must be received in writing – no exceptions. A full refund, less 20% service fee, if cancellation is received 14 days prior to the start of the course. No refunds after April 13, 2019.


Garage parking is available for $6 per day (no in and out privileges). See map.


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