Brain Computer Interface for Functional Recovery from Brain Injury
Purpose of the Study
The goal of this study is to find out whether different parts of the brain can be trained to work together using low-level stimulation on the surface of the brain. We hope doing this might help people recover from brain injury. This study will be done over 3-4 years in about 15 subjects.
Paticipants of the study undergo surgery to place electrodes on the surface of their brain as part of regular care for epilepsy. Also as part of their regular care, participants will undergo stimulation of the brain with small amounts of electrical currents given through the electrodes to "map" the motor and language parts of the brain. The electrodes will record the electrical activity of the brain over 7-10 days.The decision to place the electrodes on the brain, and where and how long they are applied, is part of regular care.
If participants agree to be in this research study, they will have one session that takes 4-12 hours in addition to regular care during their stay at the Epilepsy Center. The research testing session occurs in between the two surgeries to place and remove the electrodes. As part of the testing sessions:
In addition to the testing sessions, we will review each participant's medical records and record information about the location of the electrodes, which may include:
We may share the results of the stimulations, including photos and videos if participants allow them to be taken, with other researchers or show them in publications. We will not have pictures of the face or any other information that could identify participants in publications.
We will label the study information with a code, and keep the key that links participant identity with a study code for up to five years after the study ends. After that, we will destroy the key, and keep the results of the study without any information that identifies participants in order to possibly look at the study information in the future.
For more information, or to participate in this study, please contact the coordinator or investigators:
Jeffery G. Ojemann, MD
Shahin Hakimian, MD
Alana Clark, BA
Published Research Articles
View complete lists of current research publications by faculty from the Department of Neurological Surgery.
Participate in Clinical Trials
The Department of Neurological Surgery is currently seeking volunteers for clinical trials.
Follow the link to learn more about participating in these studies.