Rehabilitation and Neural Engineering Laboratory

Spinal Plasticity to Reduce Hand Stroke Impairment

Study Goal

The purpose of this research is to learn more about the connections between the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles of the body, in order to develop rehabilitation that improves hand arm function after stroke.

Study Summary

The goal of this study is to use non-invasive magnetic stimulation techniques to strengthen the signal between the brain and muscles.  This study can involve multiple test sessions which are approximately 3 hours in length. We will measure muscle activity while non-invasive stimulation is used to generate movement. Individuals will be compensated for their research participation.

Inclusion Criteria

  • Diagnosis of first ever subcortical stroke
  • At least 6 months after stroke onset
  • Between the ages of 18 and 75

Exclusion Criteria

  • History of seizure or epilepsy
  • Metallic brain implants
  • Some implanted medical devices
  • Pregnant or expecting to become pregnant
  • Difficulty remaining alert

There are additional inclusion and exclusion criteria which must be met. Contact study coordinator.


Principal Investigator:

Mike Urbin, PhD

For more information call:

Debbie Harrington

Additional Information

Study Brochure