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In a landmark research study on eighty-two children with spastic cerebral palsy (CP) on one side of the body, researchers at Burke Neurological Institute, Teacher’s College-Columbia University, and Weill Cornell Medicine learned that two intensive training therapies improved hand and arm function, allowing children to learn new, long-term life skills regardless of how the injured brain had re-wired itself.
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According to a recent clinical randomized trial conducted by the Burke Neurological Institute, Teachers College of Columbia University, the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Queens College City University of New York, and the Université Catholique de Louvain, improvements in upper extremity function following intensive training are independent of corticospinal tract organization in children with unilateral spastic cerebral palsy.
2021 National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Research Award recipient Dr. Kathleen Friel and Friel Lab
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Cerebral Palsy Foundation
To conclude National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation announced with great honor, Dr. Kathleen Friel of the Burke Neurological Institute is the 2021 National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Research Award recipient.
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A diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease can be quite challenging for patients and their families. Since April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month, it’s a perfect time to highlight the importance of exercise in reducing symptoms and improving quality of life in people living with PD.
Kathleen working
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Building a culture of inclusion is an ongoing journey, we are committed to honoring diverse minds and beliefs held by all. With great honor, Dr. Kathleen M. Friel, a brilliant scientist and a key influencer in changing the future of cerebral palsy, shares with us her insightful perspective on the need for cerebral palsy awareness, the demand for CP research, going beyond science, and what you can do.
Dr. Willis, Kids of Kliptown, Summer Science Scholars
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Did you know that less than 30 percent of researchers worldwide are women? Only around 30 percent of all female students select STEM-related fields in higher education.

Friel lab zooming
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The Friel Lab has quickly adjusted our daily work focus and our long-term vision for clinical trials. They are grateful for the opportunity to focus on data analysis and writing papers from a recently completed clinical trial.
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Authority Magazine
As a part of our “Unstoppable” series, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Kathleen Friel. Dr. Friel was born with cerebral palsy (CP), a neurological disability that affects her speech, walking, and fine motor skills. As she grew up, Kathleen’s interest in science blossomed.
String of flags in Friel Lab
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A few years ago, a member of my research laboratory expressed fear about changing policies regarding US immigration. As an American citizen, my eyes were opened to the challenges that immigrants and visiting scholars must face when they move to the United States.
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Dr. Kathleen Friel shares her experiences about living with a chronic neurological disability during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as resources and tips for others living with disabilities.
Kathleen at celebration party
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Burke Neurological Institute congratulated Dr. Kathleen M. Friel on her promotion to Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Brain and Mind Research Institute at Weill Cornell Medicine, with cake and champagne.

2019 - A Year in Photos

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Burke Neurological Institute is pleased to share our highlights and impacts achieved during 2019. Together, we renew hope to those living with neurological disabilities by helping people to see, remember, talk, write, and walk again. Enjoy these accomplishments from 2019 as we look forward to a bright 2020!

Happy Holidays from Burke Neurological Institute

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Burke Neurological Institute is very grateful to our Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, patients, families, and friends. Thank you for bringing our mission to life and for supporting our efforts to advance the Science that Hope Demands!
Photo collage of Drs. Willis, Friel, Prusky and Shah
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NY Pediatric Neuroscience Research Collaboration receives $4.1M over five years to study vision, movement & sensation in brain-injured kids.
Photo collage of Sep - Oct News Highlights
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Our recent news and publications capture the unique ways that our Institute, scientists, and staff strive to bring hope to those living with neurological disabilities.

BNI at SfN 2019
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Members from labs across Burke Neurological Institute traveled to Chicago to participate in Neuroscience 2019, the 49th annual conference of the Society for Neuroscience.
Talita working on project for the Burke-Blythedale Pediatric Neuroscience Research Collaboration
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American Society of Neurorehabilitation

Congratulations to Talita Campos, M.A., a clinical research coordinator in the Clinical Laboratory for Early Brain Injury Recovery at the Burke Neurological Institute.

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Although I did not specifically seek out CP as a research career, I’m so glad it’s worked out this way. Many kids in our studies are amazed to see someone with CP directing a lab.
Let's all Move As One on World Cerebral Palsy Day - Sunday 6 October graphic
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On Sunday, October 6 at 1:00 pm help create a wave around the world, from New Zealand to Alaska. Plan 30 minutes of outdoor physical activity with your friends and family. Share your photos and video cl

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Congratulations to the Friel Lab for presenting two posters and a symposium talk at the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine in Anaheim, California from September 18-21, 2019.

BNI Group Photo at Annual Retreat 2019
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Faculty and staff reconnected and rejuvenated as they reviewed the Institute’s values and mission and discussed this year’s theme of bringing together the BNI team to help many.
Summer Class of 2019 group photo
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Training the next generation of young talented scientists is a high priority at the Burke Neurological Institute.

Cerebral Palsy Summer Camp 2019

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Friel Lab at the Burke Neurological Institute together with the Center for Cerebral Palsy Research at Teachers College, Columbia University (TC), held a summer day camp that incorporates Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) and intensive Bimanual Therapy for children with hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy.
#SummerScience2019
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Each year @BurkeNeuroSci invites extraordinary students from around the country to take part in cutting-edge medical research as part of a research team studying neural repair and restoration.

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This month we are shining a spotlight on Darlene H. White, Executive Assistant to Rajiv R. Ratan, M.D., Ph.D. Executive Director, and Claudio Ferre, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow.
#SummerScience2019
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Over 100 undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in biomedical sciences applied for coveted spots in the Burke Neurological Institute’s Summer Science Research Program.

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National Center for Adaptive Neurotechnologies

Dr. Shivakeshavan Ratnadurai-Giridharan was selected to participate in the prestigious Summer Course 2019 at the National Center for Adaptive Neurotechnologies.

Photo of Dianna E. Willis, Ph.D., as Director of Research for the Burke-Blythedale Pediatric Neuroscience Research Collaboration
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“The sky is really the limit in terms of what we can develop here and the impact we can have on these kids’ lives,” Dianna E. Willis, the new director of research for the Burke-Blythedale pediatric neuroscience research collaboration, told the Business Journal during a recent interview.
Photo of Dianna E. Willis, Ph.D., as Director of Research for the Burke-Blythedale Pediatric Neuroscience Research Collaboration
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Blythedale Children’s Hospital and Burke Neurological Institute announce the appointment of Dianna E. Willis, Ph.D., as Director of Research for the Burke-Blythedale Pediatric Neuroscience Research Collaboration.
Heather P. Lane and Talita Campos at Mamaroneck Elementary School
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Heather P. Lane and Talita Campos were invited to present at Mamaroneck Elementary School last week to discuss what it is like to work as a scientist at the Burke Neurological Institute.

2nd Annual Poster Day Displays Cutting-Edge Research
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On January 24, Blythedale Children’s Hospital hosted dozens of staff, clinicians, researchers and scientists for the 2nd Annual Poster Day, an event showcasing pediatric research in the field of neuroscience and the ongoing collaborative efforts of the Burke-Blythedale Pediatric Neuroscience Research Collaboration.
Summer Student Scholars Class of 2018
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Burke Neurological Institute invites interested and qualified undergraduate students to apply to our Summer Science Research Program. The 10-week program will run from June through August 2019. Learn more >

Painting at the Annual Retreat 2018

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Faculty and staff of the Burke Neurological Institute ventured off-site to attend a two-day Annual Retreat at the Skytop Lodge, a majestic lodge in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.
Summer Student Scholars Class of 2018
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Training the next generation of young talented scientists is a high priority at the Burke Neurological Institute.

Neurotechnology
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The Burke-Blythedale team believes the first step toward discovering effective therapies for children with neurological injuries and impairments is to be able to track, measure and analyze both brain behavior and brain function with far greater accuracy and precision than the current status quo.
Dr. Claudio Ferre Granted CTSC TL1 Training Award from Clinical and Translational Science Center Weill Cornell Medicine
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Claudio Ferre, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow mentored by Kathleen M. Friel, Ph.D.

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In children with unilateral cerebral palsy (CP), the brain rewires such that movement of the impaired hand often becomes controlled by the side of the brain opposite the lesion.

Researchers Discover a Novel Factor in Restoring Hand Function in Children with Cerebral Palsy
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Cerebral palsy (CP), caused by damage to the brain during childhood development, is the most common pediatric neurological disorder affecting movement. Classically, CP was believed to be purely a problem of movement of hands, arm, or legs.

Annual Retreat 2017 Group Photo
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Faculty and staff of Burke Medical Research Institute (BMRI) ventured off-site to attend a two-day Annual Retreat at the Skytop Lodge, a majestic lodge in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

Summer Science Scholars of 2017
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Each summer from June to August, Burke Medical Research Institute mentors the next generation of research scientists through the Summer Science Research Program.

Dr. Kathleen Friel receives the Corbett Ryan Pathways Pioneer Award

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American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine

The American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine has selected Kathleen M.

Dr. Friel, Scientific Advisory Council, Cerebral Palsy Foundation
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The Scientific Advisory Council helps guide the strategic direction of the Cerebral Palsy Foundation's work, ensuring innovation, relevance, and impact.
Summer Science 2016
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Each summer from June to August, Burke Medical Research Institute mentors the next generation of research scientists through the Summer Student Research Program.

Team Cat & Dog Awarded First Place
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Alexandre Barachant, Ph.D. (aka Cat), a postdoctoral fellow at Burke Medical Research Institute, and teammate Rafal Cycon (aka Dog), recently placed first in a non-invasive brain-computer interface (BCI) challenge, Grasp-and-Lift EEG Detection, sponsored by WAY Consortium.
Retreat Team 2015
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Burke Medical Research Institute faculty and staff ventured out of the Institute to Skytop Lodge, a majestic lodge in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania for the two-day Annual Retreat.

2015 Summer Science Scholars
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Each summer from June to August, Burke Medical Research Institute mentors the next generation of research scientists through the Summer Student Research Program.

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Westfair Communications

Dr. Kathleen Friel’s intensive therapy day camp at the Burke Medical Research Institute is producing results in motion and brain function.

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