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Drake Center to Study Navigated Brain Stimulation

Published February 2009

Drake Center has signed an agreement with Nexstim Oy, a medical device company, to study the benefits of using navigated brain stimulation (NBS) in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of a patient’s recovery following stroke.

The NBS device will be used in a study to determine how the brain’s potential to transmit high-quality signals to a stroke patient’s muscles might be used to better assess prognosis and the success of physiotherapy during rehabilitation.

“Nexstim offers us a truly innovative non-invasive technology which we believe in the future may be able to guide our treatment, measure the effectiveness of our treatments and provide another tool for treatment in our studies,” says Kari Dunning, PhD, director of research at Drake Center and assistant professor of rehabilitation sciences at UC’s College of Allied Health Sciences.

The NBS device gently stimulates precise areas of the human cortex of the brain while measuring the effect of stimuli on the central nervous system and the peripheral nerves responsible for movement. Stimuli are given by an electromagnetic coil which is guided over the head.

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