Academic Interests: virtual reality-based rehabilitation
About Dr. Adamovich
Sergei Adamovich, PhD, is associate professor of biomedical engineering at NJIT. His research is focused on developing and testing novel approaches to technology-assisted rehabilitation in individuals with neurological disorders, to exploit the inherent plasticity of the brain to improve prospects for recovery. He has earned a national reputation in the area of virtual reality and its use in neurorehabilitation performing systematic studies of the contributions of modulated sensory experiences (visual, haptic, etc.) during motor learning and performance. Dr. Adamovich is also interested in the basic mechanisms underlying neuromuscular control of human movement, both in healthy populations and in people with neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s disease or stroke, and in the relationship between sensorimotor learning and neural recovery. His current research focus is on combining robotics and virtual reality in designing optimal, personalized, and dynamic strategies for rehabilitation of hand and arm function in subjects including those with cerebral palsy and stroke. In his research, he utilizes brain imaging, kinematic and electromyographic analysis of human motion, and simulations with emphasis on the dynamic properties of the human motor system. His brain research investigates the neural mechanisms of motor skills and incorporates the use of functional brain imaging and transcranial magnetic stimulation for quantifying and facilitating neural repair. Dr. Adamovich is author and co-author of more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He served as a Co-Director of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center funded by a $4.75 million grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. In addition, his research on the use of technology for rehabilitation of arm and hand function after stroke is supported by a grants from National Institute of Child and Human Development (NIH).
Grants and Funded Research
- R01 HD 58301; March 1, 2009 - February 28, 2013; Total costs: $1,200,000; National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; Optimizing Hand Rehabilitation Post-Stroke Using Interactive Virtual Environments. The major goal of this project is to refine and optimize elements of the virtual reality-based training paradigms to enhance neuroplasticity and maximize recovery of function in the hemiplegic hand of patients who have had a stroke. RAVR LAB Role: PI
- Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) for Children with Orthopedic Disabilities; November 1, 2005 - October 30, 2010; Total costs: $4,500,000; National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research Use of a Novel Robotic Interface for Arm Rehabilitation in Hemiparetic Cerebral Palsy. The major goal of this study is to demonstrate that robot-assisted VR therapy will improve clinical and biomechanical outcomes in children with cerebral palsy, that these improvements will be larger when compared to that of the conventional therapy, and that they will transfer to real world reach-to-grasp movements. RERCRole: Co-Director