Paul D. Marasco,  Ph.D.

Paul D. Marasco, Ph.D.

Associate Staff

Lerner Research Institute, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44195
Location: ND2-33
Email: marascp2@ccf.org
Phone: (216) 444-1217
Fax: (216) 444-9198

Marasco Laboratory

 


In our research we investigate the sensory nervous system with a specific focus on systems level mechanisms of brain organization and neural plasticity. A major interest of the laboratory is sensory integration with prosthetic devices. With our research we investigate a variety of ways to “close-the-loop” and to provide physiologically relevant touch and proprioceptive feedback for artificial limbs. We accomplish this by using different model systems and a variety of translational approaches from electrophysiological cortical mapping to psychophysical and cognitive studies to provide insight into how sensory feedback can be returned from a prosthesis to an amputee through physiologically appropriate neural channels. Our work focuses on establishing a mechanistic understanding of how sensory channels organize and integrate to establish a cognitive sense of self, embodiment and awareness of limb movement. With these approaches we then work to interact and utilize these sensory/cognitive pathways to drive cognitive engagement with artificial limbs for amputees.

In other words ...

Dr Marasco and his team work to understand the sensory nervous system and develop translational approaches for providing natural touch and movement feedback for artificial limbs.


Dylan  Beckler  Dylan Beckler
Research Engineer
Location:ND4-22C
Phone:(216) 442-5657
beckled@ccf.org
Kaleigh  Farrell  BA Kaleigh Farrell, BA
Research Coordinator
Location:ND4-22C
Phone:(216) 442-5657
farrelk2@ccf.org
Madeline D. Newcomb  BFA Madeline D. Newcomb, BFA
Research Coordinator
Location:ND4-22C
Phone:(216) 442-5657
newcomm@ccf.org
Beth  Orzell  BS Beth Orzell, BS
Contractor
Location:ND4-22C
Phone:(216) 442-5657
orzellb@ccf.org