Modulating Interaction of Motor Learning Networks in Rehabilitation of Stroke


Phase N/A Results N/A

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

1. Age between 50-75 years
2. movement-related deficit associated with first time middle cerebral artery stroke
3. greater than 6-months post-stroke
4. Fugl-Meyer score between 15 and 60
5. ability to elicit a motor evoked potential from the ipsilesional cortex

Exclusion Criteria

1. a score <27 on the Mini-Mental Status Exam
2. a score of <123 on the Mattis Dementia Rating Scale
3. a score of <13 on the Frenchay Aphasia Screen
4. a history of seizure/epilepsy, head trauma, major psychiatric diagnosis, neurodegenerative disorder or substance abuse
5. a history of congestive heart failure
6. systolic blood pressure above 120 mmHg and/or diastolic pressure above 80 mmHg
7. the taking of any GABAergic, NMDA-receptor antagonist or other drug known to influence the neural receptors that facilitate neural plasticity
8. an infarct resulting from ischemic stroke of anterior or posterior cerebral artery OR an infarct that encroaches within 2cm of the site of cTBS stimulation
9. absence of an MEP in response to single pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation over ipsilesional M1 and 10) any other contraindication to TMS or MRI.