23 Jan Robotics Can Be Used To Train Brain To Recover Hand Use After Stroke
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Professor Alireza Gharabaghi
Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Alireza Gharabaghi
Sektion Funktionelle und Restaurative Neurochirurgie
Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: According to the World Health Organization, 15 million people suffer stroke worldwide each year. Of these, 5 million die and another 5 million are permanently disabled. Stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. About half of all stroke survivors will never be able to use their affected hand for activities of daily living again.
The current study investigates a novel technology which may lead to new therapeutic options for these patients.
MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?
Response: When you imagine extending your fingers, while a hand robot contingently opens your hand and a concurrent magnetic pulse stimulates the respective brain area, this combined intervention may recruit additional pathways from the brain to the hand which were not active before.
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work?
Response: Integrating complementary technologies may strengthen brain circuits qualitatively different and beyond the effects of each of the respective techniques applied separately.
Dominic Kraus, Georgios Naros, Robert Guggenberger, Maria Teresa Leão, Ulf Ziemann, Alireza Gharabaghi. Recruitment of additional corticospinal pathways in the human brain with state-dependent paired associative stimulation. The Journal of Neuroscience, 2018; 2893-17 DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2893-17.2017
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