Case Western Reserve University Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Cleveland, Ohio – United States
Dr. Knutson is a biomedical engineer with expertise in the development and clinical testing of functional electrical stimulation (FES) applications for restoring motor function after central nervous system injury. He has extensive clinical research experience with spinal cord injury and stroke patients, which started in 1994 when he was a graduate student with the Cleveland Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Center, a center at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. Dr. Knutson earned his PhD in biomedical engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 2004 and was a Clinical Research Scholar with the Case/Cleveland Clinic Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Training Program (NIH K12/KL2) from 2005 to 2009. He is a co-inventor of Contralaterally Controlled Functional Electrical Stimulation (CCFES), a new neuromuscular electrical stimulation therapy for individuals with hemiplegia due to stroke or cerebral palsy. Dr. Knutson has served as the principal investigator on several NIH and VA-funded clinical trials investigating the efficacy of CCFES and other FES interventions to improve reach, hand function, and ankle dorsiflexion in stroke patients. He leads and educates an interdisciplinary research team of physical and occupational therapists, nurses, physiatrists, neuroscientists, and engineers. As a team they have developed neurorehabilitation technology and carried out clinical device trials for over 14 years.
Wednesday, November 6
12:45 PM – 1:45 PM