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Areas of Research

Our current studies include:
  • Follow-up with 13 patients with ANDMAR Encephalitis - A function-based post discharge questionnaire was developed and information was collected and analyzed. The results from the preliminary questionnaire found significant residual problems at follow-up. Click here for a two-page summary and here to view the full e-Poster and bibliography from the 2014 American Academy of Neurology meeting, presented by Dr. Jay E. Selman, Chief of Neurology.
  • Robotic Therapy in Children with Spasticity - Studies of the efficacy of robot-aided therapy in children with spasticity, focusing on mobility recovery in the arm and wrist, in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Effect of Inhaled Glycopyrrolate in the Management of Drooling – To study the effectiveness of inhaled glycopyrrolate in the treatment of sialorrhea and its side effects. 
  • How much how often? Dosage in robot-assisted therapy in pediatrics. - To systematically investigate therapy schedules differing in number of sessions and number of movements per session; to learn what combination of frequency and intensity leads to minimal and optimal outcomes.
  • Evaluation of Lower Extremity Robotic Neurorehabilitation in Children with Spasticity due to Brain Injury (anklebot) - To examine the effectiveness of lower limb robotic therapy in reducing motor impairments and improving gait in CP children.
  • A Balance Master Intervention – The Physical Therapy Department recently completed this project which provided sequence training to improve a child’s ability to cross a busy street with a traffic signal in a safe and timely manner.
  • Move Forward  - the Walk Aide through the Physical Therapy Department - This technology (the Neuro-Prothesis) combines functional electrical stimulation with movement.  Hopefully this can result in proper ankle movements with every step and may decrease the need for an ankle foot orthosis.
  • "Time” to Eat: Is Intensive Feeding Therapy More Effective in Shorter, More Frequent Sessions?  Through the Speech Department; the aim of this project is to determine if multiple feeding sessions of shorter duration are more effective than one extended session in promoting oral intake in children with long-term feeding issues and prolonged reliance on supplemental feeds.
  • Using transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) to augment the effects of motor training on hand function in children with hemiplegic CP - Does tDCS augment robot assisted therapy gains in motor responses through the corticospinal system and improve hand function in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy? 
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