Key Research Interests
Enhancing upper limb recovery through the exploration of the corticospinal pathway and reach to grasp early after stroke.
Forty percent of stroke survivors have difficulty using their arm. Decreased independence with activities such as dressing and eating ensue. There is an urgent need to improve rehabilitation. There are two parts to my PhD. First, I will summarise the findings of studies of differences between healthy adults and stroke survivors when reaching to grasp an object (systematic review). Second, I will investigate the possibility of using a technique called transcranial magnetic stimulation to measure how well the brain is connected to the weak arm muscles (reliability). Together the results will inform clinical rehabilitation by increasing understanding of the movement deficits that underlie difficulty with everyday activities and provide a neurophysiological measure of the reduction in movement deficits in response to rehabilitation.