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Research Participants Needed

The Burke-Blythedale Restorative Neurology Program Seeks Participants for Studies

There is an urgent need for research in pediatric neurorehabilitation, because there are few effective therapies and many children with neurological impairments. The goal of the research is to translate advances in basic neuroscience made at the Burke Medical Research Institute into improved treatment for children with neurological impairments at Blythedale Children's Hospital. Participants are currently being recruited for the following sudies:

Hemiplegia Program

Summer Intensive Upper Extremity Program

In children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy, we test hand skill and brain function before and after intensive hand therapy. In 2015, we measured six children, and in 2016, we measured eleven children.

tDCS & Robotics

We combine robotic upper-limb therapy with a non-invasive brain stimulation technique called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). Robotic therapy enables children to repeat goal-directed movements in a highly controlled, enjoyable setting. tDCS is believed to "prime” brain circuits that control arm and hand movements to make robotic therapy more effective.

Inclusion Criteria:

1. Must be between the ages of 6 – 17 years old

2. Impaired function of one hand (hemiplegia)

For more information, please contact Lindsey Soles, B.S. at lis3006@med.cornell.edu

Vision Recovery Program

Visual Assessment in Brain Injured Children

We have created a computer-based system that measures vision using a portable computer and an eye tracker. We use this system to determine thresholds of visual ability, which has been difficulty in children with low vision due to brain injury.

Inclusion Criteria:

1. Brain injury that might produce vision problems

2. Able to follow an object smoothly with eyes

For more information, please contact Melis Suner, M.D. at mes3004@med.cornell.edu

Cognitive Recovery Program

Neurophysiological Studies of Cognitive Function After Severe Brain Injury

Following severe Traumatic Brain Injury, it is difficult to assess neurological function and it is nearly impossible to predict recovery. We have created a system that uses to measure brain responses in children with disordered consciousness or confusion following all different kinds of brain injuries in order to better assess neurological function.

Inclusion Criteria:

1. Brain injury with resulting impairment in arousal or thinking.

For more information, please contact Melis Suner, M.D. at mes3004@med.cornell.edu


About Blythedale Children’s Hospital

As New York’s only freestanding, specialty children’s hospital, Blythedale is dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of children with medical complexity, not only through superb multi-disciplinary patient care, but also through teaching, research, and advocacy programs. Blythedale’s board-certified physicians, nurses, and other clinical staff (social workers, respiratory therapists, clinical pharmacists, Child Life specialists, etc.) and New York State’s largest hospital-based pediatric therapy department work together to provide intensive and innovative multi-disciplinary clinical and therapeutic care to help children achieve their medical and rehabilitative goals for independent living, and return to their communities. Blythedale is also the only Hospital in New York State with its own, on-site public school district.

For more information about Blythedale Children’s Hospital, visit www.blythedale.org.