Saturday & Sunday - November 5-6, 2016
Teachers College, Columbia University
A public memorial service for Ann Gentile was held on Friday, November 4th, at Teachers College.
Movement Sciences Professor Emerita Ann Gentile, who taught at TC for 44 years before retiring in 2008, passed away in February. Ann was a pioneer in applying theories of brain function to motor skill learning in the development of athletic skills and the treatment of adults and children with disorders of movement.
Leading experts in movements sciences and rehabilitation will honor Ann’s memory and build on her legacy with a contemporary analysis of research in these fields and its application to practice.
Read more about Ann Gentile, a Pioneer in Movement Sciences
8:00 - 9:00 Registration
9:00 - 9:40 James Gordon - Motor learning as therapy: a critical appraisal of the legacy of Ann Gentile
9:40 - 10:20 Dick Magill - A movement problem-solving hypothesis: Practice condition implications from Gentile's learning stages model
10:20 - 10:40 Posters and Coffee Break
10:40 - 11:30 Gaby Wulf and Rebecca Lewthwaite - Enhancing motor learning: The OPTIMAL theory
11:30 - 12:10 D. Michele Basso - Multifactorial modifiers of functional recovery after spinal cord injury: Translating Basics Science to Human interventions
12:10 - 12:30 Panel Discussion
12:30 - 2:00 LUNCH – on your own
2:00 - 3:00 Alumni presentations
3:00 - 3:40 Howard Zelaznik - Learning patterns and learning forces: Challenges for the study of motor skill learning
3:40 - 4:20 Karen Adolph - Learning to learn in motor development
4:20 - 4:40 Panel Discussion and Summary of the Day
9:00 - 9:40 Roberta Shepherd - A Historical Perspective: The Development of the Movement Sciences as the Basis of Physiotherapy
9:40 - 10:20 Andy Gordon - Motor learning based approaches for rehabilitation in children with cerebral palsy
10:20 - 10:50 Posters and Coffee Break
10:50 - 12:10 Alumni presentations
12:10 - 1:40 LUNCH – one your own
1:40 - 2:20 Amy Bastian - Learning and Relearning Movement
2:20 - 3:00 Lori Quinn – Teaching the brain new tricks: altering disease progression in basal ganglia disorders
3:00 - 3:30 Panel Discussion and Closing Comments
Continuing Education - 1 CEU
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Movement Sciences/Motor Learning
The late Antoinette Gentile, Professor Emerita of Movement Sciences, was a leader in movement sciences and neuromotor research who championed the revolutionary concept of "neuroplasticity," which holds that, following trauma, the brain can recover certain physical functions, such as swallowing, by switching the brain activity that governs it to new, uninjured regions. Neuroplasticity launched a new era in treating movement disorders. It underlies much of today's brain research. This fund, created in honor of Gentile's retirement, provides a partial scholarship for doctoral or masters students in the Motor Learning Program.