Principal Investigator Spotlight: Dr. Bernadette Gillick
The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research recently released the 2019 NIH rankings, a list that calculates and ranks the NIH grants in each U.S. Medical Schools, Departments, and lists the top principal investigators.
Dr. Bernadette Gillick ranked 53rd in the PM&R department. Learn more about Dr. Gillick and her research in this week's Principal Investigator Spotlight.
Bernadette Gillick, PhD, MSPT, PT, is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Physical Therapy and a McKnight Land Grant Professor. Dr. Gillick is also the lab director for the Gillick Pediatric Neuromodulation Laboratory.
Dr. Gillick's laboratory has prominently been featured in the local news for the use of non-invasive brain stimulation on children who have cerebral palsy. The research in the Gillick Pediatric Neuromodulation laboratory asks the question, "How does the brain recover from injury early in life?" Dr. Gillick's research focus is to study the impact of brain injury due to stroke during infancy. "Early stroke often leads to an individual developing movement impairments and cerebral palsy," Dr. Gillick responded, "our work seeks to identify patterns of brain recovery and development after such injury, and to advance current rehabilitation therapies to optimize outcomes and maximize function across the lifespan."
In regard to what drives Dr. Gillick and the impact she hopes to make, "It is an honor to team with individuals at an early age in hopes of improving quality of life for these children as well as their caregivers and families."