Strengthening connections in the motor cortex to improve motor function following stroke (research)

School of Psychology and Exercise Science, Murdoch University, Murdoch, WA, 6150

Murdoch University is investigating connections between motor areas of the brain and how the strength of these connections is related to balance and walking abilities.

The study has two aims:

  1. to investigate connections between brain areas important for movement in stroke survivors;
  2. to test whether strengthening these cortical connections improves balance in stroke survivors.

Participants will be asked to complete questionnaires to assess suitability to receive non-invasive brain stimulation, a cognitive assessment, a movement assessment, and several motor tasks (e.g. walking 10 m, stepping on-and-off a small step).

The non-invasive brain stimulation procedure involves using transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS. During TMS a hand-held device is held over the scalp, when a pulse is delivered from the device you will feel a slight ‘tap’ and the muscle in your hand will twitch briefly. Responses from the muscle will be recorded using electrodes taped to the skin. TMS is safe, painless and routinely used in movement research.

For more information, see the participant information sheet (PDF 201 KB) or contact:

Chief Investigator: Ann-Maree Vallence
08 9360 7464

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