Tactile Communication and
Neurorehabilitation Laboratory
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Department of Biomedical Engineering


Yuri works with Jeri Lake with the PoNS device.
Kate Italia works on the treadmill with the PoNS device.
Yuri works with Montel Williams with the PoNS device.
Lydia Lazarev works on the treadmill with Kim.
Curt Jones works on balance with the PoNS device.
Kurt Shafer works on his balance with the PoNS device.
Karen Bate works on the treadmill with the PoNS device.


Founded in 1992, the Tactile Communication & Neurorehabilitation Laboratory (TCNL) is located at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We are a research center that uses the experience of many different areas of science to study the theory and application of applied neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to reorganize in response to new information, needs, and pathways. Our research is aimed at developing solutions for sensory and motor disorders. Our center has three core areas that form the backbone of our research:  neuromodulation, sensory substitution, and electrotactile stimulation.

We are committed to enhancing the rehabilitation process. We envision a future with a faster and more complete rehabilitation from sensory and motor disorders. We strive to improve existing therapies and develop new ones for conditions, which, in the past, had few or no options. Based on the work of our founder Paul Bach-y-Rita, M.D., the originator of the line of our current research, we believe that neuroplasticity is at the heart of all successful neurorehabilitation.

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