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Marcos Rodrigues

Marcos RodriguezWhere are you from?

I was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil then immigrated with my family to Canada in 2011, settling in Montreal.

What compelled you to pursue stroke research?

During my undergrad in Physical Therapy I was involved with volunteer work in rehab services. This provided me an opportunity to interact with many patients with stroke. I realized how my work could change the lives of these people. After the completion of my degree, I started working with patients with neurological disorders — and the majority of them were affected by stroke. This experience helped me gain clinical expertise in stroke rehabilitation, and increased my passion to further understand stroke and its effect in people’s lives. Nowadays I am involved in stroke research, and I could not be happier.

What is the focus of your research?

My research is focused on understanding motor coordination, improving the methods for its clinical evaluation and translating this knowledge into the clinical rehabilitation.

How will you and others benefit from being part of the National Trainee Association?

The National Trainee Association is an excellent program for promoting high-level interaction and skilled knowledge about stroke  from many different perspectives. This enriched environment is an exciting source of information. I am looking forward to contributing to the continued excellence of this great program. By building a solid scientific community we can all benefit in the future — students and professionals.

What other interests do you have?

I enjoy spending time outdoors with my wife and children (ages 4-and-a-half and 16 months), exploring the city, playing music and having friends over for dinner.