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Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation + Bimanual Training for Kids with CP

April 1, 2017 to June 30, 2017
Friel Lab Clinical Trials


  • Does your child have hemiplegic cerebral palsy?
  • Is he/she aged between 6 to 17 years?

If you answered yes to both questions, we would like to invite your child to participate in a study examining the effects of bimanual training and Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) on hand function in children with hemiplegia. This study will be performed over a 1 week period, and your child will be compensated for his/her time.


1-week period (to be determined) in Spring 2017


Burke Medical Research Institute, White Plains, NY

Participation Will Involve
  • 5 Training Sessions (2 hours/sessions): Two hours of bimanual training a day for five consecutive days. Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) will be applied during the first 20 minutes of training. 
    About Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS)
    tDCS is a non-invasive form of brain stimulation which is believed to enhance the effects of motor training on hand function, and has been found to improve recovery of arm function in adults with stroke. During tDCS, a device will provide electrical energy to electrodes placed on the scalp that will provide non-invasive stimulation to the brain. It is a safe technique that has been used with over 200 children.
  • 3 Assessment Timepoints (3 hours/assessment): Assessment of hand function and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) immediately before, immediately after, and two months after training.
    About Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
    TMS uses a brief magnetic field over the scalp by using a wand that looks like a figure 8. The wand can make brief magnetic fields over a series of spots on your child's head to activate the brain cells under the wand. Non-invassive TMS pulses will be used in this study, which is considered minimal risk and tolerable to children. Note: if your child has a recurrent history of seizures after two years of age, he/she might not quality.


Age Range: 
6 to 17 years of age
Both (Male and Female)
Inclusion Criteria: 
  • hemiplegic cerebral palsy
  • between ages of 6 to 17 years

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Burke Medical Research Institute
785 Mamaroneck Ave
White Plains, NY 10605