Cranial-nerve Non-invasive Neuromodulation (CN-NINM)

This study was in collaboration with Professor Beth Meyerand in the UW Department of Medical Physics and Professor Justin WIlliams in the UW Department of Biomedical Engineering. This study was funded by the University of Wisconsin Foundation via the TCNL Fund

Project Summary

TCNL has completed an initial program of research to explore the use of a new method of rehabilitation for neurological disease. Our efforts were focused in three directions:

  1. Exploration of conditions potentially treatable by CN-NINM, including initially movement disorders caused by stroke, traumatic brain injury, Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease.
  2. Exploring the brain regions involved in CN-NIMM. We are currently using two approaches: Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and Electroencephalography (EEG).
  3. Developing the theoretical bases for understanding the mechanisms of CN-NINM.

Project Results

Results are reported in Cranial-nerve non-invasive neuromodulation (CN-NINM) effects on cortical and sub-cortical activity as measured with BOLD-fMRI, a poster given at the 2008 Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting.

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.