Non-invasive brain stimulation is an exciting potential therapy for school-aged children that can safely promote the brain's innate healing capacity: neuroplasticity. But just because a therapy helps the brains of older children, doesn't mean it works the same in babies! This research is exploring a new type of non-invasive brain stimulation that might help the brains of infants who've suffered from an early brain injury.
Asha Hollis, MS Student
Dr. Adam Kirton
University of CalgaryDr. Kirton's Website
Thousands of babies suffer brain injury at birth (e.g. stroke) and are left with lifelong motor disability. Existing non-invasive brain stimulation tools are effective at helping older children, but there are limited treatment options for young babies immediately after they've suffered an injury. Transcranial Static Magnetic Field Stimulation (tSMS) may have the potential to fill this treatment gap by using magnetic waves to influence brain activity. Since a baby's brain is rapidly growing and developing, the use of non-invasive magnets could be very effective for babies at this critical stage of life. This study is testing whether these magnetic stimulation can improve the ability of children to learn motor skills.
This study hopes to identify the effects of the tSMS magnets on motor learning in the brain, as well as confirming safety and tolerability in pediatric populations. The success of this project will lead the way for the development of high-impact treatments for early-life brain injuries in babies.
Amount Funded: $2,500
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