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Thank you for visiting our website. We are no longer recruiting for this study. Please visit our lab website at z.umn.edu/gillicklab for more information and updates on our research.

Dr. Bernadette Gillick's Pediatric Neuromodulation Research Lab has received funding to provide a unique opportunity in Pediatric Hemiparesis research. The focus of this study is to investigate the use of a form of noninvasive brain stimulation for interventions in rehabilitation for children.

Hemiparesis, or weakness on one side of the body, can occur when an infant has an injury in part of the brain. The use of noninvasive, non-painful electrical current has the potential to influence brain cells in the injured part of the brain. This can impact the movement of the weaker side. One type of noninvasive brain stimulation, transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), has shown beneficial behavioral effects.

The goal of this study is to determine the feasibility of tDCS use for children with hemiparesis. No serious adverse events or seizures have been reported in the adult literature to date.

Investigating this type of non-invasive brain stimulation will support future novel interventions designed to improve hand function in children with hemiparesis; expanding beyond the current limitations of traditional therapies.

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Thank you for exploring the opportunity to become involved in our research in Pediatric Hemiparesis. The goal of our laboratory is to expand upon current rehabilitation techniques in order to further improve hand function in children with hemiparesis. We are therefore investigating a specific type of noninvasive brain stimulation, transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), and its future use in conjunction with rehabilitation. Please feel free to contact us and learn more about our research with no obligation. We appreciate your inquiry.


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