Lumy Sawaki received her M.D. degree in 1991 from the Federal University of São Paulo in Brazil and her Ph.D. degree in clinical neurophysiology in 1999 from the Kobe University in Japan. That same year, Sawaki came to the USA to complete a three-and-a-half-year postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In 2000, she was awarded the Presidential Award from the American Society of Neurorehabilitation, and in 2002, she became a Faculty Member at the Wake Forest University, USA. She went on to receive the Research Excellence Award from the Wake Forest University in 2007 and joined the University of Kentucky, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation degree in April 2008 as the Appointed Cardinal Hill Endowed Scholar in Stroke and Spinal Cord Rehabilitation. She has a special interest in neuroplasticity and in the development of novel rehabilitative strategies to improve functional motor recovery after neurological injuries particularly in severely impaired patients. Her training as both a clinician and a researcher in medical sciences has imparted timely and extensive expertise relevant to the current era of translational science. Her multidisciplinary team includes basic and applied researchers, including physicians, biomedical engineers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, physicists, and athletic trainers. She has received related grant awards from the American Heart Association, the Dana Foundation, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, and the NIH.
Biography Updated on 16 September 2012