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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tDCS & Hand Robot
CLINICAL TRIAL: 
In-Progress / Currently Recruiting Participants
July 1, 2017 to December 31, 2018
Motor Recovery, Spinal Cord Injury
Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation + Robotic Training
CLINICAL TRIAL: 
In-Progress / Currently Recruiting Participants
February 21, 2017
Cerebral Palsy, Motor Recovery
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Cognitive Recovery
Cognitive deficits are changes in brain’s ability to think. This includes dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, memory problems, as well as many kinds of communication challenges as a result of a stroke or traumatic brain injury.

Developing Novel Cures for Disabilities by Repairing the Nervous System

As we advance in improving patients’ quality of life from acute and chronic neurological conditions, a paradox of progress is that the prevalence of neurological disabilities continues to grow. Our institutional mission at the Burke Medical Research Institute is to innovate, develop and implement novel treatments to repair the brain and spinal cord and to cure neurological disabilities.

Our Research

Faculty Spotlight

Zhong Lab focuses on elucidating the molecular mechanisms that drive and direct axon growth and regeneration during early development after injury or degenerative disease.
Carmel Lab studies recovery of motor function after injury to the central nervous system focusing on the corticospinal system, which connects motor cortex to the spinal cord.
Pursky lab focuses on understanding the nature of adaptive change in the nervous system in animals to apply treatments of visual dysfunction in humans.

How We Make an Impact

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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Weekly Seminar
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 12:30pm
Billings Building – Rosedale
Q. Richard Lu, Ph.D.
Guest Speaker