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Can Brain Stimulation Help your Arm after Stroke?

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arni brain stimulation ucl - Can Brain Stimulation Help your Arm after Stroke? - Stroke Exercise TrainingNeuromodulatory non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) techniques are experimental therapies for improving motor function after stroke. The aim of neuromodulation is to enhance adaptive or suppress maladaptive processes of post-stroke reorganisation. However, results on the effectiveness of these methods, which include transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) are mixed. It’s posited that recent developments in NIBS technology will likely contribute to individualised therapy. Moving beyond single-area stimulation, targeting specific muscle groups that play different roles in post-stroke motor recovery (for example, finger flexors vs. extensors) may well be possible using multi-locus TMS. NIBS in stroke faces a challenge reminiscent of the development of other stroke therapies, such as thrombolysis and mechanical thrombectomy, where early studies were largely mixed before patient selection and individualising protocols were refined to determine its therapeutic potential.

So, researchers at UCL want to find out:

  • How brain activity changes after someone has a stroke.
  • If weak, non-invasive brain stimulation could encourage the brain into a pattern of brain activity which is useful for upper limb rehabilitation.

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If so, the Institute of Neurology at UCL invites you to join in with the ReCAPS study.


ReCAPS: Re-opening the Critical period for Plasticity After Stroke. The study is funded by Brain Research UK (BRUK). ReCAPS is just a research study at the moment, not a clinical trial or therapy.

If you would like to attend:

You will need to have an MRI scan and attend 2 study sessions at the UCL institute of Neurology. Travel can be contributed to.

stroke criteria arni rehab ucl - Can Brain Stimulation Help your Arm after Stroke? - Stroke Exercise TrainingDuring sessions, you will watch a nature documentary while having very weak brain stimulation. Brain stimulation feels like a warm, tingling sensation on your head.

Please have a look at the flyer from the Institute of Neurology:

Or contact the researchers for more information:

2020 03 09 17 00 57 300x148 - Can Brain Stimulation Help your Arm after Stroke? - Stroke Exercise TrainingMs. Jenny Lee

Tel: 0203 4488 774

 Dr. Carys Evans

Tel: 0203 4488 774


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  1. Aston Trundle / March 10, 2020

    I completed upper -limb Programme
    In 2019 ,found it really helped also took part in
    (Ang s) research )
    If you feel this would be beneficial to me
    Please keep me posted
    I at present still under
    Queens Square
    (F E S) for lower limb
    Thank you
    Astonight Trundle

  2. ROGER Humphreys / March 11, 2020

    I I would be more than intsrested to take part.I look forward to take part looking forward to your response,regards,Roger Humphreys.

    • Andrew purkis / March 15, 2020

      following a massive stroke in 2015
      I have significant paralysis of upper left arm, unfortunately I developed epilepsy afterwards, now fully controlled by medication, but would be interested to help with your study, if appropriate.

    • Michelle T Apperley / May 28, 2020

      Massive stroke October 2018 age 46, left side paralysis, I can walk, do have some arm movement back but not all, I would definitely be interested if possible?

  3. Roger Humphreys / March 11, 2020

    Sorry about all the grammar and spelling errors.looking forward to hearing from you.

  4. Dave shaw / June 2, 2020

    Hi I’m 36 and have had a massive stroke but can walk but not much upper limb movement and I would like to be considered for this trial

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