The objective is to determine if continuous use of TheraBracelet in the home has a clinically meaningful effect in chronic stroke survivors. The study design is a double-blinded randomized controlled trial. We will enroll 40 chronic stroke survivors with moderate hand impairment. Subjects will be randomly assigned to the treatment or control group (n=20 per group). All subjects will wear the TheraBracelet device on the paretic wrist for 8 hours/day every day during their normal daily activity for 1 month. The device will deliver vibration (treatment) or no vibration (control). Double-blinding is possible because the treatment vibration is imperceptible (i.e., subthreshold). Measures of neural plasticity, the amount of the paretic arm use in daily living, clinical hand function, biomechanical grip control, and self-reported abilities for activities of daily living will be assessed at baseline, once a week during the month of wearing the device, and for 3-month follow-up, allowing determination of the efficacy and persistence.
Patients who have been diagnosted with Myasthenia Gravis having generalized muscle weakness may qualify to participate in this study.
Subjects that volunteer to participate will undergo a screening visit to assess their health. The purpose of the screening visit is to determine if the requirements to take part in this study are met. If you meet all of the requirements, you will be randomly assigned (like the flip of a coin) to either the study drug that is being researched called ARGX-113 or a placebo treatment group. You will have a one in two chance of being placed in either group. Neither you nor your study doctor will know what group you will be in. If you are in the placebo group, you will receive a substance that looks like ARGX-113 but contains no active medication. This is called a placebo. During the study, both treatment groups will be given the ARGX-113 or placebo through a vein in their arm, called an infusion. Participants will continue to take their current medicines for gMG.
The trial will include a Screening period of a maximum of 2 weeks, a first Treatment Cycle and a maximum of 2 of subsequent Treatment Cycles given on an "as needed basis". Each Treatment Cycle has 9 visits over 8 weeks consisting of a Treatment period of 4 weekly infusions and a Follow-up period of 5 weeks. There are also Inter-treatment Cycle Visits every 2 weeks between Treatment Cycles. The study will last for approximately 28 weeks, and qualified participants will need to come to MUSC at least 19 times over this period.
This is an observational study to develop a research registry to collect information from subjects with Myasthenia Gravis (MG) to evaluate the effects of the treatments they receive and to understand how their medical condition and treatment affects their daily life.
Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) has shown the potential to improve symptoms in patients with motor deficits, however its effects have not been consistent in randomized studies to date, limiting widespread adoption of this technology. A critical gap in our knowledge is a detailed understanding of how tDCS affects motor areas in the brain. We propose using tDCS while recording directly from motor cortex using subdural electrocorticography (sECoG) in patients undergoing deep brain stimulation surgery. We expect this novel approach to broaden our understanding of tDCS application and possibly lead to therapeutic advances in this population.
The primary study objective is to determine whether treatment with mexiletine at doses of 300 mg/day or 600 mg/day suppresses cortical hyperexcitability in sporadic ALS patients relative to placebo, and, thus, may be able to slow progression in ALS. The change in resting motor threshold (RMT), estimated from single pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) measurements made before treatment, after 4 weeks of treatment, and then again after a 4 week washout, will be used as the primary pharmacodynamic marker of cortical hyperexcitability.
You are invited to volunteer for a research study if you have been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) within 2 years (24 Months) prior to screening.
This is a non interventional, longitudinal study in patients with ALS. There will be four (4) subject visits in this study: Baseline, month 6, month 12, and month 18. Subjects will have blood and cerebrospinal fluid (a clear fluid found in your brain and spine) collected, and be evaluated with assessment tools that focus on upper and lower motor skills and strength as well as cognitive function. Researchers will use these samples to study ALS, motor neuron disease and other medical conditions.
Walking is important to persons who have had a stroke and better rehabilitation methods are needed to restore or improve their walking. This project will investigate ways to improve upon and diagnose the specific underlying impairments. Future work will allow clinicians, such as physicians and physical therapists, to make measurements in their clinic to better diagnose a person's specific walking deficit, design a specific treatment plan, and monitor its ability to restore or improve the person's walking.
Rehabilitation interventions including resistance training, functional and task-specific therapy, and gait or locomotor training have been shown to be successful in improving motor function in individuals with neurologic disease or injury. Recent investigations conducted in our laboratory indicate that intense resistance training coupled with task-specific functional training lead to significant gains in functional motor recovery. Similarly, gait rehabilitation involving intense treadmill training and/or task-specific locomotor training has been shown to be effective in improving locomotor ability. However, the underlying neural adaptations associated with these therapeutic approaches are not well understood. Our primary goal is to understand the motor control underpinnings of neurologic rehabilitation in order to apply this knowledge to future generations of therapeutic interventions.
Weakness on one side of the body is seen in three-quarters of individuals following stroke. Weakness in this population results from both neural and muscular factors which include, respectively, the ability of the central nervous system to activate skeletal muscle as well as the force generating capacity of the muscle. Our overall goal is to improve walking in persons post-stroke by training subjects with an intervention that specifically targets these impairments, thereby facilitating locomotor recovery.