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Combined Brain Stimulation and Hand Robotic Training in Chronic SCI

CLINICAL TRIAL: 
In-Progress / Currently Recruiting Participants
July 1, 2017 to December 31, 2018
tDCS & Hand Robot

The Human spinal cord injury repair laboratory at Burke Medical Research Institute is currently looking for subjects with tetraplegia after spinal cord injury for a clinical research study.

This study will investigate the effects of 6 weeks of hand robotic training combined with direct current brain stimulation (tDCS) on the functional recovery of the hand. The combined training includes 3 sessions per week, each session lasting approximately 1hour, for a total of 18 sessions.

We also aim to investigate the mechanisms of the motor recovery and to characterize the neurophysiological profile of patients and speci c muscles that respond to robotic motor training by using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).

Eligibility

Age Range: 
18 years old and older
Gender: 
Both (Male and Female)
Inclusion Criteria: 
  • Age: 18 to 80 years
  • Injury Date: Greater than 1 year after the injury
  • Injury type: Cervical lesion. Complete/Incomplete. Traumatic/Non-traumatic
  • Presence of some degree of weakness in the arm
  • Ability to pick one block in the Box and Blocks test
  • Ability to tolerate sitting upright at for at least one hour
  • Cognitively and behaviorally capable of complying with the regimen
Exclusion Criteria: 
  • Concomitant/progressive neurological disorder
  • Medically unstable
  • Severely limited range of join motion or irreversible muscle contractures in the upper limb
  • Less than 1 year post-injury
  • Level of injury caudal to T1 level
  • Presence of contraindications for TMS/tDCS:
  1. Implanted metal devices in the head (as an intra-cerebral vascular clip or any other electrically sensitive support system).
  2. Presence of cardiac pacemaker
  3. Past Medical history of seizures or unexplained spells of loss of consciousness
  4. A history of medication-resistant epilepsy in the family members

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SCRIB

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785 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10573

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