Brain Plasticity Lab Members
Dr. Carey's research focuses on promoting recovery of motor function following stroke through up-regulation of function in surviving but dormant neural centers or through transference of function to new neural centers. Investigative and interventional techniques include motor learning (joint tracking) training, telerehabilitation, repetitive (r)TMS, and fMRI.
Dr. Kimberley's overall research goal is to understand and influence the extent of plastic changes in the cortex that occur during recovery from a movement impairment such as hemiparesis secondary to stroke or focal hand dystonia. Tools used in her lab include functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), kinematic analysis, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).
Dr. Gillick's research interests are in cortical plasticity and recovery from neurologic insult in both adult and pediatric populations. Dr. Gillick is currently involved in the combined application of non-invasive brain stimulation and rehabilitation interventions in pediatric hemiparesis.
Dr. Van de Winckel's research agenda comprises understanding the neural mechanisms of neuroplasticity and recovery after stroke through the use of fMRI, structural and functional connectivity, to determine the impact of neuroplasticity and brain recovery on clinical sensorimotor outcomes. She further wishes to translate the findings from this brain research to therapeutic interventions aimed at sensorimotor recovery in stroke patients.
Dr. Legon is an MnDRIVE discoveries and treatments for brain conditions scholar. His research focuses upon the use and improvement of non-surgical stimulation techniques for characterizing and modulating the properties of sensory and cognitive function in humans. It is the goal of this research to develop and improve tools for the modulation of human brain circuit activity to support functional brain mapping efforts and to advance diagnostics and therapies in neuroscience.
Chao-Ying received her PhD degree in the Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Program at the Ohio State University (OSU). Chao-Ying is a physical therapist in Taiwan with great interest in pediatric physical therapy. She completed her dissertation to investigate autonomic function and developmental outcomes in infants with complex congenital heart disease. She also investigated the effects of movement training and the use of non-surgical brain stimulation, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), in both infants and children with perinatal stroke in the infant research laboratory at OSU.
"My research interests focus on investigating early developmental impairments, brain reorganization, and optimal timing for intervention in infants with brain injuries who are at high-risk for future delays."
After graduating from the Physical Therapy Program in Italy, Daniele also pursued a Bachelor degree in Movement Science, went to the Phillipines for one year of humanitarian work, and spent two years of intensive training in the Center in Italy where neurocognitive rehabilitation is given to stroke patients.
Kate is a second year PhD student
Research Interests: My main research interest is the neurophysiological basis of normal movements and movement disorders.