Dr. Diane Damiano


Dr. Diane Damiano

Senior Investigator, 
Rehabilitation Medicine Department, NIH Clinical Center
The National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Diane L. Damiano, PT, PhD, FAPTA is a Senior Investigator at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland USA and Chief of the Functional and Applied Biomechanics Section in the Rehabilitation Medicine Department within the Clinical Center. Her clinical background is pediatric physical therapy and her research focuses on the investigation of brain and muscle mechanisms underlying motor coordination and performance in individuals with and without cerebral palsy. Her laboratory is also involved in the design and investigation of activity-based rehabilitation programs and devices to promote optimal motor functioning and enhance muscle and neural plasticity in cerebral palsy. She has over 100 journal publications, serves as an Associate Editor for Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, and is on the Scientific Boards of the Cerebral Palsy Foundation in the US and the Child-Bright Network in Canada. She has served as President of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, the first physical therapist to be elected to this position in the Academy’s 61 year history, and has also been President of the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society. She was recently awarded the prestigious title of Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association and she is Founding Member of the International Alliance of Academies of Childhood Disability.

Theme: Pediatrics rehabilitation

What’s New in the World of Neurorehabilitation Research for Children with Cerebral Palsy

I will discuss 5 ‘hot’ global research trends in Pediatric Rehabilitation for cerebral palsy across the globe including increasing parent and consumer involvement in research, the invasion of technology and earlier detection and intervention, among others. The talk will include examples from my own research as well as that of others.