Founded in 1992, the Tactile Communication and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory (TCNL) is located at the University of Wisconsin in 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. The aim of our research is the development of 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. Learn more about it in the Laboratory, Projects, and Library sections.
Mixed Feelings by Linda Feferman was featured in Wired Science. This video shows technology that started at the TCNL and is now in FDA clinical trials for commercialization. It also provides a brief history of our laboratory and our research. Watch more videos about neuroplasticity in the Library section.