Researchers Discover a Novel Factor in Restoring Hand Function in Children with Cerebral Palsy

A breakthrough study published in the leading clinical neurology journal, Annals of Neurology which promises to dramatically alter the dogma of cerebral palsy (CP) being purely a problem of movement by suggesting that problems in movement in CP are the result of problems in sensation as well as motor brain function. This novel discovery was a collaboration of work from researchers at Burke Medical Research Institute, Center for Cerebral Palsy Research at Teacher’s College of Columbia University, and Blythedale Children’s Hospital.

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Featured Clinical Trials

tDCS & Hand Robot
In-Progress / Currently Recruiting Participants
July 1, 2017 to December 31, 2018
Motor Recovery, Spinal Cord Injury
Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation + Robotic Training
In-Progress / Currently Recruiting Participants
February 21, 2017
Cerebral Palsy, Motor Recovery


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Our mission is one that not only propels bottom up approaches from molecular and cellular neuroscience toward the bedside, but also accelerates safe and ethical treatments that can be delivered to patients today. With more than 20 Cornell faculty and 100 employees working on a 50,000 square feet footprint, Burke Medical Research Institute's collective effort to repair the nervous system represents one of the largest in the world.

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