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Friday, March 17 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Easel 46: Effect of Pre-TMS Activity on TMS-Evoked Response in PAS-Induced Plasticity

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Stroke is currently the leading cause of long-term adult disability in the US. Current recovery of hand motor function in 55-75% of stroke survivors is unsatisfying, so there is a strong need for new innovative strategies to improve stroke rehabilitation. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive tool used to study cortical excitability and brain plasticity and may hold the capacity to increase plasticity, leading to higher levels of learning and memory, which are necessary to improve patient recovery. Paired associative stimulation (PAS) is a specific type of TMS where low frequency repetitive nerve stimulation is combined with timed TMS over the motor cortex of the brain. This specific technique is capable of strengthening synaptic connections between neurons, indicating that PAS may have the potential to enhance motor learning and improve stroke recovery.

Friday March 17, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Leyburn Library