Burke-Blythedale Pediatric Neuroscience Research Collaboration

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Photo collage of Drs. Willis, Friel, Prusky and Shah

Traumatic brain injuries, cerebral palsy, childhood stroke, and vision loss due to brain injury affects how a child can see, recall information, communicate and walk from onset to adulthood. Neurological injuries and impairments can dramatically change everything for a child, and their parents often search for life-changing breakthroughs to help their child. In 2015, the Burke Neurological Institute partnered with Blythedale Children's Hospital to bring neuroscience advances to children with neurological impairments through the Burke-Blythedale Pediatric Neuroscience Research Collaboration. 

The goal of this landmark collaboration is to study and treat the developing nervous system, while working to improve movement, vision and cognition impaired by stroke, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy and birth defects, among other neurological conditions. This first-of-its-kind partnership, between a research institute devoted to finding cures for chronic neurological diseases and a children’s specialty hospital, seeks to improve treatments for children by bringing advances in neuroscience from the bench to the bedside.


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Neurorehabilitation for children who have decreased use of one upper extremity due to hemiparesis or hemiplegia as a result of cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, stroke or other diagnoses.
Pediatric Vision assessment
The aim of this project is to be able to accurately measure vision in children with cerebral visual impairment. The research will evaluate the ability of a new, noninvasive system, to assess smooth eye movements as a novel way to measure visual impairment in brain injured children.
Pediatric Cognitive Neurorhabilitation
Children with severe brain injury can lose connection with the outside world. This lack of responsiveness is called a disorder of consciousness. Most children recover a large amount of connections with the external world, but they are often left with impairments particularly in thinking.
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Scalable Neurological Assessment Platform (SNAP) is the vision of several scientists and clinicians at the Burke Neurological Institute and Blythedale Children's Hospital for the future of neurorehabilitation.


Dr. Edwards performing TMS

Transcranial means ‘through your head’, magnetic means there is a magnet in the machine, and stimulation means the magnet gives your brain a short bit of energy.

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Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a non-invasive brain stimulation therapy which uses constant, low current stimulation that is delivered to an area of the brain using electrodes on the head.
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This resource page provides current and prospective researchers with the tools they will need to conduct ethical research that is in compliance with the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) in accordance with the Office for Human and Health Service regulations.


Conditions & Recovery

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Write and walk again.
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Remember and talk clearly.
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See better.
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In the U.S., over 5.3 million adults and children live with TBI.
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Worldwide, over 18 million children and adults are living with CP.