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PT Professor Secures Funding For Stroke Research

By Jenna Pizzi

Published on January 10, 2019

Gregory Thielman, PT, EdD, ATC, CSRS professor of physical therapy and neuroscience was awarded a $57,000  grant from the National Institutes of Health’s Rehabilitation Research Resource to Enhance Clinical Trials (REACT) pilot studies program.

Dr. Thielman’s research focuses on post-stroke patients, testing patients both before and after they complete a course of 12 physical therapy sessions to evaluate the effects of the training on the brain.

“A lot of the rehabilitation that has been done for individuals after a stroke has not been shown to carry over to making their lives and day-to-day activities easier,” said Dr. Thielman. “So we are forced to think about other ways to conduct rehabilitative training that will have a greater impact on the patient’s quality of life.”

Training will include transcranial direct stimulation, priming one area of the brain affected by the stroke. Once priming is complete during each session, the subject will be performing therapeutic arm training activities in the lab. Students have also been integral to Dr. Thielman’s work and he looks forward to including them in this study as well.

The grant funding will help to fund the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests that patients will undergo. These tests are integral to Dr. Thielman’s ability to see the changes in the brain. Dr. Thielman is now recruiting patients and looks forward to beginning the research with 16 patients this spring.

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