Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) has shown the potential to improve symptoms in patients with Parkinson's disease, 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 Parkinson's patients undergoing deep brain stimulation surgery. We expect this novel approach to broaden our understanding of tDCS application in Parkinson's disease and possibly lead to therapeutic advances in this population.
This research studies the effects of brain stimulation (transcranial magnetic stimulation, or "TMS") on balance in progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). The purpose of this research is to look for improvements in balance when subjects are on a tilting platform after stimulating the brain with a magnetic wand held over the scalp over an area at the back of the brain called the cerebellum. Participants will receive both active and inactive stimulation during the course of the study. There is no surgery involved. There are also optional portions of the study that include functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRIs) and speaking samples.
This study will assess patients with acute ischemic strokes being treated with n-Butylphthalide (NBP) softgel capsules. This is a phase II study to evaluate the safety of NBP treatment. The medication has the potential to reduce impairment of memory function, cerebral edema, and disruption of the blood-brain barrier.
After stroke, it is common for individuals to experience hand impairment. This deficit can severely restrict functional ability and independence. Recovery of hand function following stroke is highly variable. In this study, we will use brain imaging to predict individual response to treatment after only one therapy session. Survivors of stroke will receive upper extremity therapy with a novel intervention using a smart watch. The device applies imperceptible vibration to the wrist and has been shown to immediately improve chronic stroke survivors' touch sensation and hand dexterity in preliminary studies.
In this study, we will use electrodes implanted inside the skull and over the scalp to study the effect of non-invasive brain stimulation method called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). We will record changes in electric brain potentials and brain activity as a result of tDCS at both inside skull at scalp level. We will use this information to interpret how tDCS leads to changes inside the brain leading to changes the brain activity. This study will help us develop interventions that involve use of tDCS in a variety of disease conditions like stroke, depression, addiction, etc.
This study examines eye movements and the pupil's response to light in progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), comparing to Parkinson's disease and control subjects without neurological disease. Computerized measures of eye movements and pupil changes will be used. Subjects will also receive an eye exam to rule out other eye diseases. The goal of this study is to use subtle changes in eye movements and the pupil's response to light for earlier diagnosis of PSP.
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.
Post-stroke hand impairment is highly prevalent and severely restricts functional ability and independence. Yet, there is no assistive device to help hand function at home, every day, during activities of daily living. This study addresses this gap by providing an innovative technology. The "TheraBracelet" is a wristband applying imperceptible white-noise vibration to skin. TheraBracelet is efficacious, as it has been shown to immediately improve chronic stroke survivors' touch sensation and hand dexterity in preliminary studies. TheraBracelet is affordable by using only a low-cost vibrator. TheraBracelet is also translational, because a vibrator strategically placed at the wrist does not interfere with dexterous finger motions, and it is low-risk by involving only imperceptible vibration on skin. These practicalities assure easy adoption in home environment for large impact on sensorimotor impairment. This study is to determine the feasibility and safety of using this assistive device all day every day for a month during daily activity, and to determine if TheraBracelet's instant effects are sustained during prolonged use. This objective will be accomplished in a double-blinded, randomized, controlled, crossover design study. Feasibility (compliance of using the device everyday) and safety will be assessed for the treatment condition compared to the control condition (wearing the device without vibration) through weekly evaluations. In addition, TheraBracelet's instant benefits in improving hand function will be assessed weekly. Persistence of TheraBracelet's instant benefits across all weekly evaluations will support durability (i.e. desensitization to vibration does not occur during extended daily use over a one-month period). This project is expected to lead to an assistive wristband that increases hand function during activities of daily living, thus increasing independence and quality of life and reducing caregiver burden for a large number of stroke survivors with hand impairment.
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.
Aerobic exercise training has positive effects on depression severity and mood in individuals with depression. The effects of single sessions of aerobic exercise may also provide some short-term benefits in depression. It is believed that a reduction in depression severity may be facilitated by changes in the nervous system, however this has yet to be examined. Although aerobic exercise has beneficial effects for those with depression it is unclear as to why this may occur. Therefore the goal of our project is to better understand the effect of a single session of aerobic exercise on the nervous system, physiology, and mood in depression.