Effects of Transcranial Direct Cortical Stimulations in Cortical Plasticity and Motor Learning in Children with Cerebral Palsy (2012)

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

Overview

Individuals with CP can struggle to walk and learn on time with their peers. This grant seeks to test a new form of treatment that uses electrical stimulations to help grow brain connections that will improve mobility and learning.

This research, conducted at the Harvard Medical School, focused on the “Effects of Transcranial Direct Cortical Stimulation (tDCS) in Cortical Plasticity and Motor Learning in Children with Cerebral Palsy”. The effects of non-invasive electrical brain stimulation were studied with the goal to improve movement and learning capabilities.

Initial Observations

  • Individuals with CP have challenges moving and learning.
  • Transcranial Direct Cortical Stimulations provides electrical stimulations to the brain to help promote learning & improve brain connections.

Core Questions

  • Will this treatment improve motor functions?
  • Will this treatment help with learning?

Dr. Felipe MD PhD