Dr. Anthony E. Kline, Associate Director at the Safar Center, was recently awarded an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to fund his study “Optimizing environmental enrichment to model preclinical neurorehabilitation.” The 5 year grant is designed to refine and further develop the environmental enrichment model in both male and female rats so that it conforms more closely, in terms of time of initiation and duration of physiotherapeutic exposure, to that seen in real-world neurorehabilitation practice. Development and refinement of these applicable variables will advance a clinically relevant experimental model of rehabilitation that can be applied to the TBI setting and increase translational success. Additionally, the studies will enrich the understanding of potential mechanisms by quantifying markers of plasticity that are correlated with enhanced neural strength and functional outcome. Dr. Anthony Kline is a tenured Associate Professor of Physical Medical & Rehabilitation, Psychology, and Critical Care Medicine, as well as part of the training faculty in the Center for Neuroscience (CNUP) and Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition. He is also co-director of the CNUP Summer Undergraduate Research Program, and a Fellow of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society.