Study of Hand Weakness After Stroke


STUDY BASICS

Do you have hand weakness from a stroke? Did the stroke occur at least 6 months ago, and was it your first stroke? Are you 18-75 years old? If so, you may be able to participate in a research study to help learn more about the connections between the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles of the body. Compensation provided.


STUDY PURPOSE

Nearly 800,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year, and more than half experience long-term hand weakness that makes it difficult to do daily tasks. While physical therapy can help restore hand function for some stroke survivors, many people do not fully recover the use of their hands.

The purpose of this study is to better understand the connections between the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles. Researchers hope their findings will lead to better rehabilitation methods for people who have had a stroke.


COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOU?

•    Ages 18-75
•    Had first stroke at least 6 months ago and still have some hand weakness
•    No history of seizure or epilepsy
•    No metallic brain implants
•    Not pregnant


WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT

Participation involves an initial phone call and visit to be sure you are eligible to participate in the study. If eligible after screening, participants will provide a medical history, answer questionnaires, and undergo non-invasive stimulation.

Participants may complete a maximum of 20 sessions. Each session lasts approximately 3 hours.


IRB:
  PRO16110467A - Spike timing-dependent plasticity of corticospinal-motoneuronal synapses after hemiparetic stroke in humans

Age Range
AGE:   18 - 75

Duration DURATION:  Varies
VISITS:  Up to 20 visits

Location LOCATION: 
Keystone Building - Oakland

Compensation COMPENSATION: 
$15 per hour
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MEET THE RESEARCHER


Michael Urbin

Mike Urbin, PhD, is a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Urbin’s research interests include development of mechanism-driven strategies to promote neuroplasticity and the efficacy of neurorehabilitation, as well as generating basic neurophysiological insights into the effects of neurological injury on motor control.




MEET THE COORDINATOR


Debbie Harrington

Debbie Harrington is the senior research coordinator in the Rehabilitation and Neural Engineering Research Laboratories at the University of Pittsburgh. Debbie graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in engineering. She currently provides regulatory and recruitment support for the labs’ human research studies. Her primary research focus is brain-computer interface research for individuals with disabilities.





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