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Yi-Ling (Irene) Kuo, PT, PhD

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department: 
Physical Therapy
Research: Brain Recovery Lab
Phone: 
(617) 724-7730
Office Location: 
B79/96 - 201

Yi-Ling (Irene) Kuo is a postdoctoral research fellow funded by a NIH R01 grant, which aims to use multimodal assessments to understand the neurophysiology in focal dystonia. Her research focuses on 1) using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to understand the functional connectivity of the vocalization and hand motor networks in non-disabled individuals and patients with focal dystonia; and 2) determining the spatial relationship between the cortical map measured by TMS and the MRI-generated anatomical representation as well as functional connectivity in various body regions.

She is currently mentored by Dr. Teresa Kimberley in the Brain Recovery Lab at MGH Institute of Health Professions.

Dr. Kuo's previous training combines physical therapy and movement science, targeting healthy adults, patients with motor control impairments, and elite performers. Her doctoral research investigated the contribution of interhemispheric inhibition to unimanual and bimanual coordination in skilled musicians. She aims to translate the understanding of neuroplasticity associated with advanced skills to patients with impaired motor control and dysfunctional brain networks.


Research Interests

Dr. Kuo's research focuses on 1) using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to understand the functional connectivity of the vocalization and hand motor networks in non-disabled individuals and patients with focal dystonia; and 2) determining the spatial relationship between the cortical map measured by TMS and the MRI-generated anatomical representation as well as functional connectivity in various body regions.


Education

BS, Physical Therapy, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan

MS, Department of Physical Therapy and Assistive Technology, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan

PhD, Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Publications

Kuo YL, Dubuc T, Boufadel DF, Fisher BE. "Measuring Ipsilateral Silent Period: Effects of Muscle Contraction Levels and Quantification Methods." Brain Research 2017;1674:77-83.

Fisher BE, Southam AC, Kuo YL, Lee YY, Powers CM. "Evidence of Altered Corticomotor Excitability Following Targeted Activation of Gluteus Maximus Training In Healthy Individuals." Neuroreport 2016;27(6):415-21.

Presentations

Kuo YL, Ringman JM, Darmon Y, Holzke C, Fisher BE. Transcallosal Conduction and Central Motor Conduction in People with a Family History of Autosomal-Dominant Alzheimer’s Disease. Alzheimer's Association International Conference, 2018, Chicago (Poster)

Kuo YL, Darmon Y, Kraus P, Schlueter H, Chen A, Fisher BE. Unimanual Contribution to Bimanual Coordination in Musicians: Differential Impact of the Left and Right Hands. Society for the Neural Control of Movement, 2018, Santa Fe (Poster)

Kuo YL, Kraus P, Schlueter H, Darmon Y, Chen A, Fisher BE. Predictors of Bimanual Coordination Following Musical Training: Distinct Interhemispheric Communication. Dutch Performing Arts Medicine Association Annual Symposium, 2018, Hague, Netherlands (Podium)

Kuo YL, Fisher BE. Relationship between Interhemispheric Inhibition and Bimanual Coordination in Musicians. Society for the Neural Control of Movement, 2017, Dublin, Ireland (Poster)

Kuo YL, Petzinger GM, Fisher BE. Motor Learning in Parkinson’s Disease: the Impact of Context on Individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment. North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, Montreal, 2016, Montreal, Canada (Poster)

Kuo YL, Fisher BE. Quantifying Ipsilateral Silent Period in Electromyography to Measure Interhemispheric Inhibition. Society for the Neural Control of Movement, 2016, Montego Bay, Jamaica (Poster)