Speaker's BiographyDiane Damiano
Chief, Functional and Applied Biomechanics, Rehabilitation Medicine Department, National Institutes of Health
Diane Damiano is a tenure-track scientist and chief of the functional and applied biomechanics section in the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at the National Institutes of Health. Her research is devoted to rehabilitation programs to promote optimal motor functioning and enhance muscle and neural plasticity in children with cerebral palsy. Damiano is the former president of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine and also of the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society. She is on the Editorial Board of Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair and the Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine. She has published more than 75 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Damiano holds a Ph.D. in research methods and biomechanics from the University of Virginia, an M.S. in physical therapy from Duke University and an undergraduate degree in biological sciences from Catholic University.