Neurorehabilitation & Neuromodulation

Neurological and cognitive deficits are frequent after brain lesions and highly disabling. Intensive training and rehabilitation can lead to improvement, but the selection of efficient treatment strategies for the individual patient is often difficult because of insufficient knowledge about how the human brain can recover lost functions. We make use of recent advances in neuroimaging techniques to non-invasively assess brain organization. Furthermore, we use non-invasive neuromodulation techniques to boost the identified repair processes.

In particular, we aim to:

  • Characterize the changes in brain organization induced by focal lesions or diffuse degeneration
  • Visualize the mechanisms underlying functional recovery
  • Identify prognostic factors
  • Assess the effect of novel treatment approaches that might improve recovery, such as transcranial stimulation, neuro-feedback, and others

Research focus

  • Network plasticity after acquired brain lesions (stroke, traumatic brain injury)
  • Biomarkers for recovery
  • New treatment approaches for patients with acquired brain injury
  • Personalization of treatment

Methods

  • Electroencephalography
  • Source analysis of network interactions (functional connectivity), available as open source matlab toolbox NUTMEG 
  • Diffusion tensor imaging
  • Non-invasive brain stimulation
  • Brain-computer interface
  • Neurofeedback

Group Members

  • Branislav Savic, PhD
  • Marija Uscumlic, PhD
  • Julian Lippert, MD
  • Camille Farcy