Dr. Bernadette Gillick's Pediatric Neuromodulation Research Lab has received funding to provide a unique opportunity in Pediatric Hemiparesis research. The focus of this study is to investigate the use of a form of noninvasive brain stimulation for interventions in rehabilitation for children.
Hemiparesis, or weakness on one side of the body, can occur when an infant has an injury in part of the brain. The use of noninvasive, non-painful electrical current has the potential to influence brain cells in the injured part of the brain. This can impact the movement of the weaker side. One type of noninvasive brain stimulation, transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), has shown beneficial behavioral effects.
The goal of this study is to determine the feasibility of tDCS use for children with hemiparesis. No serious adverse events or seizures have been reported in the adult literature to date.
Investigating this type of non-invasive brain stimulation will support future novel interventions designed to improve hand function in children with hemiparesis; expanding beyond the current limitations of traditional therapies.
To date we have had 11 participants and continue to recruit for 9 more children to complete this study. Scheduling is flexible.
Participation in the study will involve two visits, one week apart.
To be eligible children with congenital hemiparesis need to be 8-17 years old, able to move the paretic hand partially, able to follow simple instructions, and have had no evidence of seizure activity within the last 2 years. There is no charge or payment for participation. We will provide free on-site parking or taxi/transportation service.
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please contact our study coordinator: