We Don’t Treat Patients, We Train Superheroes | David Putrino | TEDxTorinoSalon

We Don’t Treat Patients, We Train Superheroes | David Putrino | TEDxTorinoSalon

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In this video, David Putrino, describes how recovering from any form of damage to the nervous system is an issue and athletic training could be helpful to find a solution. Athletes train for long hours without losing their motivation. Can we do the same for people with brain damages? And what is the best way to do it? No challenge is too great if you face it with a smile. David is physiotherapist with a PhD in Neuroscience. He worked as a clinician in Australia, then moved to the United States to study computational neuroscience at Harvard Medical School, MIT and NYU. He was a faculty member at Weill-Cornell Medicine and Burke Medical Research Institute. He now works to develop innovative technology solutions that will improve the state of public health. In addition to a variety of academic publications, many of David's projects have been featured, among others, on the ABC, Sport's Illustrated, the Wall Street Journal, the BBC, Time Magazine, Wired Magazine, the LA Times and many others.

When he was 18 months old, David Putrino experienced a seizure that left him in a coma for three days. When he woke up, doctors told his parents that he would never recover full use of the left side of his body, but they refused to give up. He made a full recovery and has made it his life’s work to help people in similar situations ever since.

Director of Rehabilitation Innovation, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai

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David Putrino is a physical therapist with a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from The University of Western Australia. David began his career as a clinician in Australia and then moved to the United States to study computational neuroscience at Harvard Medical School, MIT, and NYU. He has served as a faculty member at Weill-Cornell Medicine and Burke Medical Research Institute. David works to develop innovative technology solutions for individuals in need of better healthcare accessibility. He often works with many collaborators including the High-Performance Division at Red Bull, Not Impossible Labs, and Leaders in Sports Performance. David’s research has been featured in multiple media outlets including ABC, Sport’s Illustrated, The Wall Street Journal, the BBC, TIME, Wired, and The Los Angeles Times.