Rehabilitation and Neural Engineering Laboratory

Sensorimotor Imaging for Brain-Computer Interfaces

Study Goal

The information gained from this research study will be useful for developing technology or rehabilitation strategies to assist people with spinal cord injuries.

There are no direct benefits.

Study Summary

The human brain is a fascinating place. The brain sends and receives information from the rest of the body via the spinal cord. Many individuals have diseases or injuries which disrupt this connection between the brain and certain parts of the body. However, those movement signals are still active.

Using functional MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), we can create a map of different kinds of brain activity. In this study we want to locate the specific brain regions for movement signals and sensory awareness associated with movement. 

This research study takes approximately 4 hours to complete, which can occur in 1 or more sessions. Breaks are included, as needed.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Are you age 18 or older? 
  • Do you have normal vision (glasses are OK)?
  • Do you have a cervical spinal cord injury that occurred at least one year ago?
  • Do you have decreased or absent sensation or impaired hand movement?

Exclusion Criteria: 

  • Subjects must not have a pacemaker, baclofen pump, cochlear implant or other electronic implanted device.
  • Subjects must not have a metallic implant that is unsafe for 3T MRI.
  • Female subjects of childbearing age must not be pregnant.
  • Subjects must not weigh over 300 lbs. (because of MRI risks/space).

Principal Investigator

Jennifer Collinger, PhD

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