I am the PI for the lab, trained in Biostatistics (University of Alabama at Birmingham), Neurology (Medical University of South Carolina) and Vascular Neurology (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School). My primary appointment is with Department of Neuroscience (College of Medicine) and co-appointment is with Department of Health Science & Research (College of Health Professions). I am a member of MUSC Stroke Center as well as The Center of Rehabilitational Science in Neurological Conditions. The techniques we use in the laboratory are Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation(TMS), Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation(tDCS), MR Imaging (diffusion tensor imaging and fMRI), genetic testing and quantitative behavioral assessments.
My clinical interests are:
- Stroke rehabilitation and recovery, including spasticity management. We have launched a first kind clinic - Post-Stroke Spasticity Management Clinic in South Carolina.
- Stroke in middle age population (diagnosis, management and recovery).
- Tele-stroke consultation.
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My research interests are centered on stroke recovery and rehabilitation, including:
- Understanding of post-stroke motor recovery process and finds targets to intervene, develop imaging marker to predict motor recovery and to guide stroke recovery trial.
- Non-invasive brain stimulation (Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation) or other novel techniques to promote post-stroke motor recovery.
Current Ongoing Research Projects
- Prediction and Imaging Biomarer of Post-Stroke Motor Recovery
Principal Investigator, funded by American Heart Association (14SDG1829003)
- Modulating the Brain with Bihemispheric Direct Current Stimulation and Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy to Enhance Post-Stroke Motor Recovery – A Safety and Feasibility Study.
Principal Investigator, funded by an internal grant
- Optimizing Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Current and Electrode Montage for Stroke Patients
Principal Investigator for project III, funded by NIH 1P20 GM109040 "South Carolina Research Center for Recovery from Stroke”.
Recently Completed Research Projects
- Predicting Motor Outcome at 3 Months Post-Stroke with Neuroimaging, Genetic and Behavioral Measures.
Principal Investigator; Funded by SCTR/CTSA Discovery Grant Award
- A Multicenter Observational Study to Evaluate the Simplified-STroke REhabilitation Assessment of Movement (S-STREAM) Scale in Subjects Obtained Between 24 and 48 Hours of a Nonhemorrhagic Ischemic Stroke.
Site PI: funded by Asubio, Inc..
- Randomized Trial of the Innovative Neurotronics WalkAide Compared to Conventional Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO) in Stroke Patients.
Site PI; funded by Innovative Neurotronic, Inc.
- The Comprehensive Stroke Clinical, Biological, Physical and Occupational Therapy Data Repository Pilot Project (The Stroke STOR Project)
Principal Investigator, Funded by SCTR/CTSA Discovery Grant Award
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