Our Keynote Speaker

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dr. sook-lei liew

Sook-Lei Liew is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Neural Plasticity and Neurorehabiltation Laboratory at the University of Southern California. She has joint appointments in the divisions of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience, and Neurology, is a member of the USC Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute.

The goal of Dr. Liew’s research is to understand mechanisms of neural plasticity in healthy individuals and individuals after neurological injury in order to learn and recover. Her laboratory uses big data approaches to brain imaging and behavior to understand how people recover after stroke, as well as neuromodulatory techniques and technologies such as noninvasive brain stimulation, brain computer interfaces and virtual reality to promote learning and enhance plasticity and rehabilitation after brain injury.

Her work has been funded by the NIH, National Science Foundation, US Army, and American Heart Association and featured in outlets such as Forbes, CNET, and PC Magazine, and she was awarded a SXSW Special Jury Recognition for the Innovative Use of Virtual Reality Technology in the Field of Health.