Current Research Studies

1. Title: A Study Using Magnetic Stimulation and Imaging to Identify Areas of the Brain that Control Muscles in People with and without Spinal Cord Injuries

Purpose: We hope to learn how the brain changes after spinal cord injury. We want to learn the following:

  • Which areas of the brain control which parts of the body after spinal cord injury.
  • How the brain and spinal cord change after someone has a spinal cord injury.
  • If different treatments can change the connections between brain and spinal cord for someone with a spinal cord injury.

Study Requirements:

  • You will be tested 1-7 times. It will depend if you are getting therapy now or are in another study that is aimed to help your spinal cord injury.
  • The testing takes up to 8 hours over 2-3 days.
  • You will get an MRI the first day to look at your brain and spinal cord.
  • On another day, we will stimulate your brain and see which muscles turn on. This tells us about the connections between your brain and spinal cord.
  • We will have you do some functional activities and complete some questionnaires.

Eligibility Criteria for Study:

  • Are at least 18 years old.
  • Have a spinal cord injury.
  • Can attend at least 1 testing session at Jefferson.
  • Have no major medical problems other than your spinal cord injury.
  • Have no history of seizures, migraines or fainting.
  • Have no metal near your brain.
  • Do not have a pacemaker or an implanted neurostimulator.
  • Do not have bullet fragments in your body.
  • Are not pregnant.

Principal Investigator: Therese Johnston, PT, PhD, MBA

Status: Enrolling

You do not have to pay to be in the study. We will pay for your parking and pay you a small amount for your time. If interested and would like more information, please contact Therese Johnston at 215-503-6033.

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