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Gerard Fluet, PHD, PT

Department : Rehabilitation And Movement Sciences
Program/Division : Physical Therapy - D.P.T. (North Jersey)
Academic Title: Associate Professor


Office Address:
65 Bergen Street 
Stanley S Bergen Bldg., Rm 721
Newark, NJ 07101-1709
Phone: (973) 972-8529

Email: gerard.fluet@rutgers.edu


Education
Degree Degree Source Year Awarded
BS Temple University 1988
MPT University of Miami 1997
DPT UMDNJ-School of Health Related Professions 2008
PHD, PT UMDNJ-School of Health Related Professions 2012
Publications
Title Authors Where and When
The direction of PAS-Induced Modulation of Corticospinal Excitability Depends on Timing between Stimulation and Movement Onset Alokaily A, Yarossi M, Fluet GG, Tunik E, Adamovich SV Brain Stimulation (in review)
Autonomous use of the Home Virtual Rehabilitation System (HoVRS): a feasibility and pilot study Fluet G, Merians A, Qiu Q, Patel J, Adamovich S Games for Health (Accepted - in publication)
Intensive virtual reality and robotic based upper limb training compared to usual care, and associated cortical reorganization in the acute and early sub-acute periods post-stroke: A feasibility study Patel J, Fluet G, Merians A, Qiu Q, Yarossi M, Tunik E, Massood S, Adamovich S Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation 2019, 16:92
The association between Reorganization of bilateral M1 topography and function in response to early intensive hand focused upper limb rehabilitation following stroke is dependent on ipsilesional corticospinal tract integrity Yarossi M, Patel J, Merians A, Qiu Q, Massood S, Fluet G, Adamovich S, Tunik E Frontiers in Neurology 2019; 10:258
The Impact of LSVT BIG on Dual Task Walking and Mobility in Persons with Parkinson’s Disease Isaacson S, O Brein A, Lazaro J, Ray A, Fluet GG Journal of Physical Therapy Science. 2018; 30(4): 636–641
The Impact of LSVT BIG on Dual Task Walking and Mobility in Persons with Parkinson’s Disease Isaacson S, O Brein A, Lazaro J, Ray A, Fluet GG Journal of Physical Therapy Science. 2018; 30(4): 636–641
Neural Patterns of Reorganization after Intensive Robot-Assisted Virtual Reality Therapy and Repetitive Task Practice in Patients with Chronic Stroke Saleh S, Fluet GG, Qiu Q, Merians A, Adamovich SV, Tunik E Frontiers in Neurology 2017; 8:452
Virtual rehabilitation in 2016 - a maturing field with a broadening horizon Fluet GG, Kizony R Disabil Rehabil. 2017; 39(15):1502
Motor skill changes and neurophysiologic adaptation to recovery-oriented virtual rehabilitation of hand function in a person with subacute stroke: a case study Fluet G, Patel J, Merians A, Qiu Q, Yarossi M, Adamovich S, Tunik E, Massood S Disability and Rehabilitation. 2017; 39 (15):1524-1531
Virtual reality-augmented rehabilitation in the acute phase post-stroke for individuals with flaccid upper extremities: A feasibility study Patel J, , Merians A, Qiu Q, Yarossi M, Adamovich S, Tunik E, Massood S, Fluet G Disability and Rehabilitation. 2017; 39(15):1515-1523
Examining VR/Robotic Hand Retraining in an Acute Rehabilitation Unit: A Pilot Study Merians AS., Yarossi M., Qiu Q., Patel J., Fluet G.G., Tunik E., Adamovich SV In: Ibáñez J., González-Vargas J., Azorín J., Akay M., Pons J. (Eds) Converging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation II. Biosystems & Biorobotics, vol 15. Springer, Cham. 2017 pp:427-431
Virtual Reality and Computer Gaming for Rehabilitation Bermudez i Badia S., Llorens R., Fluet G.G. & Deutsch J.E. in Neurorehabilitation Technology, 2nd Ed, D.J. Reinkensmeyer & V. Dietz (Eds), Springer Nature, AG, Switzerland, 2016 pp 573-604
Does training with traditionally presented and virtually-simulated tasks elicit differing changes in object interaction kinematics in persons with upper extremity hemiparesis? Fluet G.G., Merians A.S., Qiu Q., Rohafaza M., Van Wingerden A., & Adamovich S.V. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation 2015,22(3):176-184
Comparing integrated training of the hand and arm with isolated training of the same effectors in persons with stroke using haptically rendered virtual environments, a randomized clinical trial Fluet G.G., Merians A.S., Qiu Q., Davidow A. & Adamovich S.V. Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation. 2014, 11:126
Rehabilitation Applications using Virtual Reality for Persons with Residual Impairments following Stroke Merians A.S. & Fluet G.G. In Virtual Reality Technologies for Health and Clinical Applications (Series editor: P. Sharkey): Vol. 1: Applying Virtual Reality Technologies to Motor Rehabilitation, P.L. Weiss, E.A. Keshner, M.F. Levin (Eds), Springer Science + Business Media, New York, NY 2014 pp. 119-44
Virtual Reality for Sensorimotor Rehabilitation Post-Stroke: The Promise and Current State of the Field Fluet G.G. & Deutsch J.E. Current Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports 2013, 1,(1):9-20
Customized motor training for a person with upper extremity hemiparesis, using robots integrated with virtual reality simulations; a case report Fluet G.G., Qiu, Q., Merians A.S., Saleh S., Lafond I., Ruano V, Delmonico A.R., Adamovich S.V. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy 2012, 8(4): 48-57
Learning in a Virtual Environment Using Haptic Systems for Movement Re-Education: Can This Medium Be Used for Remodeling Other Behaviors and Actions? Merians A.S., Fluet G.G., Qiu Q., Saleh S., Lafond I., Adamovich S.V. Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology 5:301-308, 2011
Robotically Facilitated Virtual Rehabilitation of Arm Transport Integrated With Finger Movement in Persons with Hemiparesis Merians A.S., Fluet G.G., Qiu Q., Saleh S., Lafond I., Adamovich S.V. Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation, 8:27, 2011
Interfacing a haptic robotic system with complex virtual environments to treat impaired upper extremity motor function in children with cerebral palsy Fluet G.G., Qiu, Q., Ramirez, D.A., Saleh S., Parikh H.D., Kelly D., Adamovich S. Developmental NeuroRehabilitation, 13:335-345,2010
The New Jersey Institute of Technology Robot-Assisted Virtual Rehabilitation (NJIT-RAVR) system for children with cerebral palsy: A feasibility study Qiu, Q., Ramirez, D.A., Saleh S., Fluet G.G., Parikh H.D., Kelly D., Adamovich S Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation, 6:40, 2009
Sensorimotor Training in Virtual Reality Adamovich S.V., Fluet G.G., Tunik E. and Merians A.S. Neurorehabilitation, Special issue “Neurorehabilitation technologies – present and future possibilities”, 25:29-44, 2009
Incorporating Haptic Effects into Virtual Environments to Train the Hemiplegic Upper Extremity Adamovich S, Fluet G, Merians AS, Mathai A, Qiu Q IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 2009
Design of a complex virtual reality simulation to train finger motion for persons with hemiparesis: A feasibility study Adamovich S.V., Fluet G.G., Mathai A., Qiu Q., Lewis J., Merians A.S Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation, 6:28, 2009.
Innovative Approaches to Rehabilitation of Upper Extremity Hemiparesis Using Virtual Environments Merians A.S., Tunik E., Fluet G.G., Qiu Q., Adamovich S.V. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, 2009, 45(1):123-33
Chapter 18 ; MDS: Purpose and Components Fluet, G.G. In: Effective Documentation for the Physical Therapy Professional, First Edition; Editors: Shamus, E and Stern, D.; 91-101; McGraw-Hill New York, NY, 2004
The Spinal Cord Functional Ambulation Inventory Field E.C., Fluet G.G., Schafer S.D., Schneider E, Downey P.A., Ruhl C.D., Smith R Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 2001; 33:177-81
Awards
Award Year
Excellence in Research Award from the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Foundation 2017
Excellence in Teaching Award from the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Foundation 2014
Humanism in Healthcare Award from the Healthcare Foundation of NJ 2007
Research
Research Interests
I am a licensed Physical Therapist with over 20 years’ experience treating persons with brain injury and stroke. I have been a member of RAVR-Lab, a collaboration between the Rutgers Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science and the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Biomedical Engineering Department, since 2006. RAVR-Lab has developed several systems that integrate haptically rendered virtual environments and performance algorithm controlled rehabilitation simulations targeting nervous system dysfunction that limits hand function in adults and children. We are currently running an NIH-funded clinical trial examining the impact of simulated hand rehabilitation activities in persons with acute strokes. We are also piloting a low cost system designed to provide video game based interventions targeting hand impairments caused by chronic stroke.
Research Grants
Title Sponsor Effective Dates Role
Utilizing gaming mechanics to optimize telerehabilitation adherence in persons with stroke NIH R15 04/01/2019 – 03/31/2022 PI
Validation of the Leap Motion Controller in persons with stroke NIH CTSA 2019-2020 PI
Optimizing Hand Rehabilitation Post-Stroke Using Interactive Virtual Environments National Institutes of Health 2017 - 2022 Co-Investigator
Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERCs) Program RERC on Wearable Robots for Independent Living National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research 2015 - 2019 Sub-award PI
BioSketch
Title Details
Gerard G Fluet PT, DPT, PhD   2019 Gerard G Fluet PT, DPT, PhD received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science from Temple University and a Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami. He received a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree as well as a PhD in Health Science from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Doctor Fluet is an Associate Professor who teaches Prosthetics and Orthotics as well as Neurologic Physical Therapy and Evidence Based Medicine to entry level Physical Therapy students. Dr. Fluet also serves as a mentor to PhD students. Dr. Fluet is a member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Acute Physical Therapy.


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