Spinal cord injury (SCI) has a devastating effect on the quality of life, and constitutes an economic burden for society. There is a need for novel safe and effective treatments that could be fast incorporated into medical practice.
Paired associative stimulation (PAS) is a technique where noninvasive brain stimulation is synchronized with peripheral nerve electrical stimulation. PAS induces transient plastic changes in human corticospinal tract.
We were the first ones to apply PAS to SCI patients as a long-term treatment with successful outcome. We show the clinically relevant and long-term therapeutic effect of PAS in chronic SCI patients.
We will confirm the results and further develop the method in a larger population of SCI patients, seek for optimal parameters performing measurements in healthy volunteers, and pilot the expanding of the method to stroke patients.
The ultimate goal is to bring our approach from experimental stage into real clinical practice.