Bernadette Gillick

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The Pediatric Neuromodulation Laboratory is dedicated to working together with families and children to investigate early injury to the brain and the ability of the injured brain to recover and continue developing. ‘Neuromodulation’ refers to altering activity of the cells in the brain.   The tools we use include assessments of movement and function, non-invasive brain stimulation, and neuroimaging.  Our current studies focus on infants and children with early brain injury and resultant diagnosis of cerebral palsy. Specifically, we investigate how the brain recovers and develops after early injury, and the development of new interventions with rehabilitation to optimize lifelong outcomes.

We are looking to further understand questions such as:

  • What is the relationship between perinatal brain injury (such as stroke and brain bleed) and cerebral palsy?
  • How can we increase stroke recovery and motor learning?
  • Where, how, and why do we stimulate with non-invasive brain stimulation?
  • How may we improve the quality of life for children and families with cerebral palsy?
  • How can cerebral palsy be diagnosed earlier in life?

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