January 13-14, 2011

Workshop Organizers


  • *John Chae, M.D.—Case Western Reserve University
  • *Pamela W. Duncan, Ph.D.—Duke University
  • Kenneth Pugh, Ph.D.—Yale University
  • Michael E. Selzer, M.D., Ph.D.—Temple University


Although plasticity and repair are fundamental properties of a developing organism and are key processes in responding to such biological challenges as injury/trauma or disease, they are often not well understood. Learning how to take advantage of plasticity in contexts, including medical rehabilitation, of specific interest to the NICHD could increase our ability to improve and maintain health along the developmental trajectory. Likewise, this knowledge could help researchers remodel, sustain, and enhance function in response to injury/trauma, disease, or disability.

As examples, discussions of this theme could include:

  • Examining plasticity at the molecular and cellular levels, including the underlying biophysics of plasticity, plasticity in relation to stem cells, and plasticity needed for tissue regeneration
  • Determining the effects of behavioral and other factors on plasticity
  • Identifying how best to apply and translate an expanded understanding of plasticity to improve interventions for a range of conditions and issues of particular interest to the NICHD in various clinical, community, and other settings, and in various populations, including those with disabilities, to improve or maintain health and functional status
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Last Reviewed: 05/23/2011