Enrico Rejc, Ph.D.
- Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery
University of Louisville
Dr. Enrico Rejc received his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology, Masters and BS from University of Udine (Italy), where he also worked as research assistant. Prior to taking a position at the University of Louisville, he was also involved in research activities at the Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology, University of California, Los Angeles and at the Institute for Biophysical and Clinical Research into Human Movement, Manchester Metropolitan University (UK).
Presently, the main topic of his research activity deals with the study of lumbosacral spinal cord epidural stimulation in individuals with severe spinal cord injury. He investigates the effects of different combinations of stimulation parameters, weight-bearing related sensory information and training on the modulation of the spinal neural networks during standing. He also investigates the effects of stand and step training with epidural stimulation on lower limb muscle properties (such as strength and endurance). These findings have important implications with respect to identifying effective strategies to improve motor function for standing after motor complete paralysis
Effects of Stand and Step Training with Epidural Stimulation on Motor Function for Standing in Chronic Complete Paraplegics. Rejc E, Angeli CA, Bryant N, Harkema SJ. J Neurotrauma. 2016 Oct 5. [Epub ahead of print]
Effects of Lumbosacral Spinal Cord Epidural Stimulation for Standing after Chronic Complete Paralysis in Humans. Rejc E, Angeli C, Harkema S. PLoS One. 2015 Jul 24;10(7):1
Factors affecting energy cost of running during an ultra-endurance race. Lazzer S, Taboga
P, Salvadego D, Rejc E, Simunic B, Narici M, Buglione A, Giovanelli N, Antonutto G, Grassi
B, Pisot R, di Prampero PE. J Exp Biol. 2014 Mar 1;217(Pt 5):787-95
Force-Velocity Properties Contribution to Bilateral Deficit during Ballistic Push-Off.
Samozino P, Rejc E, di Prampero PE, Belli A, Morin JB. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2014 Jan;46(1):107-14.
Effect of epidural stimulation of the lumbosacral spinal cord on voluntary movement, standing, and assisted stepping after motor complete paraplegia: a case study. Harkema SJ, Gerasimenko Y, Hodes J, Burdick J, Angeli CA, Chen Y, Ferreira C, Willhite A, Rejc E, Grossman RG, Edgerton VR. Lancet. 2011 Jun 4;377(9781):1938-47.
Bilateral deficit and EMG activity during explosive lower limb contractions against
different overloads. Rejc E, Lazzer S, Antonutto G, Isola M, di Prampero PE. Eur J Appl
Physiol. 2010 Jan;108(1):157-65.