Medical School post-doctoral fellow in Neuroscience Dr Charalambos Charalambous participated with a poster in Neuroscience 2022, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, held in San Diego, California from 12 to 16 November 2022.  The Society of Neuroscience is the world’s largest organization of scientists and physicians devoted to understanding the brain and the nervous system. Its annual meetings attract thousands of students, scientists, and professors from all over the world where they share their research, experience, and innovation in the field of neuroscience.

Charalambos, who is supervised by Professor of Neuroscience, Avgis Hadjipapas, presented the results of one of his ongoing projects which investigates the intramuscular coherences of the ankle plantarflexors during treadmill walking in individuals post-stroke. The project is in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas and the Medical University of South Carolina.

The results of the project showed that certain frequency bands were impaired after stroke and were correlated with a walking-specific mechanical measure during treadmill walking. The former result replicated previous work whereas the latter was a novel finding. Both findings can be used in the future to better understand the neural control of walking after stroke but also to develop new strategies to improve walking recovery using novel and innovative techniques, such as non-invasive brain stimulation (e.g., transcranial Alternate Current Stimulation).

The poster received a lot of attention and several participants gave constructive feedback to Charalambos, who is now working on sharing research data by writing the results in a manuscript.