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John Krakauer, MD

John Walter Krakauer, MD
Director, the Center for the Study of Motor Learning and Brain Repair
Professor of Neurology

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital

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Titles

  • Director, the Center for the Study of Motor Learning and Brain Repair
  • Professor of Neurology

Expertise

Neurology, Stroke

Research Interests

Dr. Krakauer's research focus is in the general area of experimental and computational motor control with a particular focus on how motor learning occurs in the brain, and how such learning is affected by lesions.

Biography

Dr. John Krakauer is a Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience, and Director of the Center for the Study of Motor Learning and Brain Repair at Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Krakauer's clinical interest is stroke, including ischemic cerebrovascular disease, subarachnoid and intracerebral hemorrhage, arteriovenous malformation, cerebral vasculitis, cerebral aneurysm, and venous and sinus thrombosis.

He received his bachelor's and master's degree from Cambridge University, and his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. After completing an internship in Internal Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, he returned to Columbia University for his residency in Neurology at the Neurological Institute of New York. He subsequently completed a research fellowship in motor control in the Center of Neurobiology and Behavior at Columbia and a clinical fellowship in stroke at the Neurological Institute at Columbia University Medical Center.

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  • Education +

    Training

    • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surg ( New York NY ) (1992)

    Residencies

    • New York Presbyterian Hospital/Neurology ( New York NY ) (1996)

    Fellowships

    • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons ( New York NY ) (1998)
    • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons/Neuroscience ( New York NY ) (1997)

    Certifications

    • General, American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology-Neurology (2013)
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    Research Summary

    Areas of research interest:

    1. Experimental and computational studies of  motor control and motor learning in humans
    2. Tracking long-term motor skill learning and its relation to higher cognitive processes such as decision making.
    3. Prediction of motor recovery after stroke
    4. Mechanisms of spontaneous motor recovery after stroke in humans and in mouse models
    5. New neuro-rehabilitation approaches for patients in the first 3 months after stroke.

    Lab

    The work of the Brain, Learning, Animation and Movement Laboratory can be broken down into four main areas.

    1. Tracking recovery after stroke using functional and structural imaging, non-invasive brain stimulation, psychophysics and clinical scales.
    2. A mouse model of stroke to examine the interaction between spontaneous biological recovery, training protocols, and drugs such as SSRIs.
    3. The development of interventions early after stroke that combine immersive gaming environments with 3D exoskeletal robotics and non-invasive brain stimulation.
    4. Tracking recovery of multi-tasking using video-games in patients who recover and return home after TBI-induced coma. 
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    Recent News Articles & Media Coverage

    Research On Video Games And Mental Health, NPR's Diane Rehm Show (11/27/2013)

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    Locations

    The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    600 N. Wolfe Street
    Hospital Main Entrance - Sheikh Zayed Tower
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Phone: 410-955-9441
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    Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
    601 N. Caroline Street
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Phone: 410-955-9441
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    Department/Division

    • Neurology - Cerebrovascular

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