The TCNL has engaged in many different research projects that address our goal to explore the potential of the brain's ability to reorganize in response to injury or disease.  Please select from links below to learn more about our research.

Active Projects Recruiting Subjects

TCNL is not recruiting subjects for any studies and does not plan to recruit any further subjects. Other research opportunities at other sites may be found at

Active Projects Not Recruiting Subjects

  1. Neuromodulation Using PoNS 4.0 in TBI Subjects
  2. Noninvasive Neuromodulation for Treatment of Symptoms Due to Mild or Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury
  3. Reducing Symptoms of Stroke Using Non-invasive Neuromodulation
  4. Reducing Symptoms of Parkinsons Using Non-invasive Neuromodulation
  5. Reducing Symptoms of Vestibular, Cognitive, and Emotional Dysfunction in Soldiers with Post-Concussive and Post-Traumatic Stress Using Cranial Nerve Noninvasive Neuromodulation with Warrior Rehabilitation and Resiliency Program, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
  6. Exploring the Use of Non-invasive Neuromodulation Combined With Exercise in People With Advanced Multiple Sclerosis (MS), identifier NCT02252666

Completed Projects

  1. Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator (PoNS™)
  2. Reducing Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis Using Non-Invasive Neuromodulation-RCT Study in Omaha, Nebraska
  3. Reducing Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis Using Non-Invasive Neuromodulation-Pilot Study
  4. Cranial Nerve - Neuromodulation (CN-NINM)
  5. Mechanism of balance rehabilitation using neuromodulation, measured by fMRI (Balance fMRI)
  6. Electrotactile Intensity and Quality (ETIQ)
  7. Electrotactile display of computer graphics for blind (ET Haptic)
  8. A tactile glove for computer graphics for the blind
  9. An electrostatic haptic display for the visually impaired
  10. Tongue Display Unit (TDU)
  11. Electrotactile shape perception on the tongue (Shapes on tongue)
  12. Tactile sensory substitution for robots to aid persons with quadriplegia (Quadbot)
  13. Tactile vision substitution via the tongue (Tongue TVS)
  14. Tactile vestibular substitution via the tongue (Balance SenSub)
  15. Tactile vision substitution system (TVSS)

Our Research

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 disorder rehabilitation.