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Stroke recovery infographics show potential impact of new center
Mikie Hayes | MUSC News Center | September 25, 2014
|Stroke survivor Patricio Gombs checks out his gait while in MUSC's locomotor rehabilitation laboratory that houses a ZeroG mobile body weight support system (only the 6th one installed nationally) designed to retrain walking ability using a split-belt treadmill. See story about the S.C. Research Center for Recovery from Stroke here.|
MUSC College of Health Professions received a $10.8 million COBRE grant from NIH – the largest such grant awarded to MUSC to date in early July establishing a South Carolina Research Center for Recovery from Stroke.
Steven Kautz, Ph.D., chairman of the Department of Health Sciences Research and co-director of the Center for Rehabilitation Research in Neurological Conditions, said the center will invest substantially in advancing the fields of neural plasticity, rehabilitation and brain stimulation. This combination will best position the team to make a substantive impact on the practice of stroke recovery. “We believe that the future for stroke recovery will be pairing great new physical experience based interventions with treatments to enhance the brain’s plasticity, be those treatments cell-based, like stem cells, or new drugs or other nervous system manipulations like harnessing electrical or magnetic brain stimulation.”
Kautz believes the grant represents a significant step forward in stroke recovery research. While research related to the prevention and treatment of stroke is plentiful, research to help those left with chronic disabilities after stroke has long been underemphasized, he said. The new center provides an opportunity to coalesce research and new clinical interventions.
“The combination of the high volume of stroke cases in South Carolina and our ability to care for strokes that were once deadly has pushed the need for better, more robust rehabilitation approaches past the tipping point. This research center, which is dedicated to improving the recovery of stroke patients, would ideally position MUSC to impact public health in South Carolina, as well as the nation, over the next decade,” he said.