Brain Body Mind Lab

MINDSET is the conscious and unconscious choices we make about the way we think and what we believe, our awareness and expectations, and our attitude and outlook. Here in the Brain-Body-Mind Lab, we are driven to discover innovative treatments incorporating how mindset works in synergy with Brain-Body-Mind to help (or hinder) recovery, healing, function, empowerment, self-image, and with that quality of life.

We all experience challenges related to our health at some point in our lives which affects our bodies, brains and our minds.

Medical professionals have been successful in solving problems associated with acute disease. However, issues associated with chronic disease and chronic pain management are proven to be more challenging. Consequently, many patients receiving conventional care are additionally turning to complementary medicine.

As various complementary medicine techniques gain wider acceptance, it is important to better understand how they work, and subsequently identify patients who would benefit most from complementary medicine used in conjunction with conventional medicine.

Examples of our areas of interest:

  • Investigate how QiGong practice mediates changes brain function and affects overall health in people with chronic diseases;
  • Identify how a change in mindset causes changes in brain function and affects overall health in people with chronic diseases;
  • Determine the efficacy of using apps for mindfulness in daily life in combination with mindfulness treatment to improve quality of life in people with chronic pain;
  • The impact of self-awareness techniques through breathing or movement in people with stroke;
  • Develop outcome measures to assess body awareness.

This is a new frontier in rehabilitation. If you’d like to learn more or get involved in our journey of discovery, please click the appropriate link below.

  • Current Studies
  • Publications
  • Awards
  • Funding
  • Equipment
  • Resources
  • Publications


    Van de Winckel A, Carey JR, Bisson TA, Hauschildt E, Streib C, Durfee W. Safety and Feasibility of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation via Telerehabilitation in People with Stroke. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2018, 99 (10):e74.

    Van de Winckel A, Carey JR, Bisson TA, Hauschildt EC, Durfee WK. Home-Based Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation plus Tracking Training Therapy in People with Stroke: An Open-Label Feasibility Study. J NeuroEng Rehab 2018, 15:83.

    Van de Winckel A, Ehrlich-Jones L. Measurement Characteristics and Clinical Utility of the Motor Evaluation Scale for Upper Extremity in Stroke Patients. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 2018, 99(12):2657-2658.

    Van de Winckel A, Jarrar M, Grampurohit N, Ehrlich-Jones L. Measurement Characteristics and Clinical Utility of the ABILHAND Among People With Rheumatoid Arthritis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 2018, 99(8):1693–1694.


    Frost KL, Chen M, Cassidy JM, Snow L, Hodges JS, Van de Winckel A, Kimberley TJK, Carey JR. Paired Associative Stimulation to Suppress Contralesional Corticospinal Excitability in Three People with Stroke Using N-of-1 Crossover Design. J Neurol Transl Neurosci 2017, 5(2): 1084.

    Van de Winckel A, Tseng YT, Chantigian D, Lorant K, Zarandi Z, Buchannan J, Zeffiro TA, Larson M, Olson-Kellogg B, Konczak J, Keller-Ross M. Age-Related Decline of Wrist Position Sense and its Relationship to Specific Physical Training. Frontiers Hum Neurosci 2017, 11:570. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2017.00570.

    Van de Winckel A, Tseng Y.T., Chantigian D,Lorant K, Zarandi Z, Buchanan J, Konczak J, Zeffiro T, Olson-Kellogg B, Larson M, Keller-Ross M. Mapping Age-Related Changes in Wrist Proprioception. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2017, 98(10):e80-e81.

    De Patre D, Van de Winckel A*, Panté F, Rizzello C, Zernitz M, Mansour M, Zordan L, Zeffiro T, O’Connor EE, Bisson T, Lupi A, Perfetti C. A case report of visual and motor recovery after 8 months of "cognitive therapeutic exercises" in cortical blindness. JNPT 2017, 41(3):164-172. doi: 10.1097/NPT.0000000000000189.


    De Patre D, Van de Winckel A. Strategies for Scientific Research in Neurocognitive Rehabilitation Riabilitazione Neurocognitiva. 2016, (3):216-229.


    Van de Winckel A, Verheyden G, Wenderoth N, Peeters R, Sunaert S, Van Hecke W, Perfetti C, De Cock P, Desloovere K, Eyssen M, Feys H. Does somatosensory discrimination activate different brain areas in children with unilateral cerebral palsy compared to typically developing children? An fMRI study. Res Dev Dis 2013, 34(5):1710-1720. doi: 10.1016/j.ridd.2013.02.017.

    Van de Winckel A, Klingels K, Bruyninckx F, Wenderoth N, Peeters R, Sunaert S, Van Hecke W, De Cock P, Eyssen M, De Weerdt W, Feys H. How does brain activation differ in children with unilateral cerebral palsy compared to typically developing children during active and passive movements, and tactile stimulation? An fMRI study. Res Dev Dis 2013, 34(1):183–197. doi: 10.1016/j.ridd.2012.07.030.


    Van de Winckel A, Wenderoth N, Feys H, Sunaert S, Peeters R, Thijs V, Swinnen S, Perfetti C, De Weerdt W. Frontoparietal involvement in passively guided shape and length discrimination: A comparison between subcortical stroke patients and healthy controls. Exp Brain Res 2012, 220(2):179-189. doi: 10.1007/s00221-012-3128-2.

    Klingels K, Feys H, De Wit L, Jaspers E, Van de Winckel A, Verbeke G, De Cock P, Molenaers G. Arm and hand function in children with unilateral cerebral palsy: A one-year follow-up study. Eur J Paediatr Neurol. 2012, 16(3):257-265. doi: 10.1016/j.ejpn.2011.08.001.

    Verhoeven J, Rommel N, Prodi E, Leemans A, Zink I, Vandewalle E, Noens I, Wagemans J, Steyaert J, Boets B, Van de Winckel A, Decock P, Sunaert S. Is there a common neuro-anatomical substrate of language deficit between Autism Spectrum Disorder and Specific Language Impairment? Cereb Cortex 2012, 22(10):2263-2271. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhr292.


    Vanbellingen T, Kersten B, Van de Winckel A, Bellion M, Baronti F, Müri R, Bohlhalter S. A new bedside test of gestures in stroke: The apraxia screen of TULIA (AST). J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2011, 82(4):389-392. doi: 10.1136/jnnp.2010.213371.


    Klingels K, Jaspers E, Van de Winckel A, Huysmans A, Feys H. A systematic review of arm activity measures for children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy. Clin Rehabil 2010, 24(10):887-900. doi: 10.1177/0269215510367994.

    Vanbellingen T, Kersten B, Van Hemelrijk B, Van de Winckel A, Bertschi M, Müri R, De Weerdt W, Bohlhalter S. Comprehensive assessment of gesture production: a new test of upper limb apraxia (TULIA). Eur J Neurol 2010, 17(1):59-66. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-1331.2009.02741.x.


    Van de Winckel A, Feys H, Lincoln N, De Weerdt W. Assessment of arm function in stroke patients: Rivermead Motor Assessment arm section revised with Rasch analysis. Clin Rehabil 2007, 21(5):471-479.

    Verheyden G, Nieuwboer A, Van de Winckel A, De Weerdt W. Clinical tools to measure trunk performance after stroke: a systematic review of the literature. Clin Rehabil 2007, 21(5):387-394.


    Van de Winckel A, Feys H, van der Knaap S, Messerli R, Baronti F, Lehmann R, Van Hemelrijk B, Pante F, Perfetti C, De Weerdt W. Can quality of movement be measured? Rasch analysis and inter-rater reliability of the Motor Evaluation Scale for Upper Extremity in Stroke Patients (MESUPES). Clin Rehabil 2006, 20(10):871-884.


    Van de Winckel A, Sunaert S, Wenderoth N, Peeters R, Van Hecke P, Feys H, Horemans E, Marchal G, Swinnen S, Perfetti C, De Weerdt W. Passive Somatosensory Discrimination Tasks in Healthy Volunteers: differential networks involved in familiar versus unfamiliar shape and length discrimination. NeuroImage 2005, 26(2):441-453.


    Van de Winckel A, Feys H, De Weerdt W, Dom R. Cognitive and behavioral effects of music-based exercises in patients with dementia. Clin Rehabil 2004, 18(3):253-260.


    De Weerdt W, Nuyens G, Feys H, Van Gronsveld P, Van de Winckel A, Nieuwboer A, Osaer J, Kiekens C. Group Physiotherapy improves time use by patients with stroke in rehabilitation. Aust J Physiother 2001, 47(1):53-61.


    De Weerdt W, Selz B, Nuyens G, Staes F, Swinnen D, Van de Winckel A, Nieuwboer A, Lysens R, Feys H. Time use of stroke patients in an intensive rehabilitation unit: A comparison between a Belgian and a Swiss setting. Disabil Rehabil 2000, 22(4):181-186.

    Feys H, De Weerdt W, Nuyens G, Selz B, Van de Winckel A, Kiekens C. Predicting motor recovery of the upper limb following stroke rehabilitation: value of a clinical examination. Physiother Res Int 2000, 5(1):1-18.

  • Awards

    APTA Early Career Award, 2016

    Training in Grantsmanship for Rehabilitation Research (TIGRR) Fellowship, 2014

  • Funding

    A Randomized Pilot Study Assessing Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) During Rehabilitation for Improved Upper Limb Motor Function after Stroke (MicroTransponder's Vivistim System)
    Funding: Microtransponder Inc. (Study MT-St-02 Stroke)
    Timeline: April 2015 – December 2018 (projected towards 2020)
    Role: Principal Investigator (8/18/2017-present); Co-PI (7/7/2017-8/17/2017)

    Previous Funding 

  • Equipment

    fMRI compatible robot

    Clinical assessment batteries

    Therapy material for cognitive multisensory rehabilitation (also known as "cognitive therapeutic exercises")

    The MotionMonitor by Innovative Sports Training, Inc.