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TCNL completed all clinical trials and ceased operations on October 1, 2017.

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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. TCNL is administratively part of the UW-Madison Department of Kinesiology

Vision and Mission Statement

Our Goal

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.


Electrical Stimulation of Touch for Rehabilitation

Kurt Kaczmarek at the Biomedical Engineering Seminar Series, March 22, 2010.

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The Brain Self-Recovery: The Art of Modern Neurorehabilitation

Yuri Danilov at the Wednesday Nite at the Lab lecture series, June 9, 2010.

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The Amazing Plastic Brain  and How it Grew a Business

Mitchell Tyler at the Bascom Hill Society Showcase Series,                 June 9th, 2010

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The Amazing Plastic Brain 

Mitchell Tyler at the Engineer's Day Celebration, October 8th, 2010

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