We aim to improve hand function in children and adults with cerebral palsy (CP). Our research focuses on the importance of motor activity in neurorehabilitation.
Our research focuses on the importance of motor activity in neurorehabilitation. We engage people with CP in intensive hand therapies, using intensive play-based therapy or robotic therapy. We use non-invasive brain stimulation to study how intensive hand therapy changes motor circuits in the brain. By better understanding brain structure and function in children and adults with CP, it is hoped that we will best be able to devise new therapies for people with CP. We also study factors that contribute to motor impairments, such as sensory impairment and visual neglect.
The Friel Lab partners with the Center of Cerebral Palsy at Teachers College of Columbia University and Blythedale Children’s Hospital to provide people with CP the most innovative, effective possible hand therapies.