Non-invasive Brain Stimulation: Opening up New Horizons in Neurorehabilitation


Chairs:
Ruud Selles
Erwin van Wegen


Speakers:
Ruud Selles
Agaath Sluijter
Dick Stegeman
Kerstin Spielmann
Rick van der Vliet
Erwin van Wegen
Sarah Zandvliet

 

Summary:
Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a non-invasive, painless, easy to administer brain stimulation treatment that uses direct electrical currents to stimulate specific parts of the brain. tDCS can be used as an adjunct to neurorehabilitation to further improve functional outcome. Over the last decade, interest in tDCS has rapidly grown and its effects have been assessed on several aspects of neurorehabilitation. While tDCS is still an experimental technique, basic neuromodulatory effects have been extensively proven and the added clinical value is increasingly studied. The objective of this symposium is to present a state-of-the-art overview as well as ongoing Dutch projects regarding the effects of tDCS on neurorehabilitation. We will focus on the rehabilitation of stroke survivors and will discuss the effects on upper and lower limb motor recovery as well as on aphasia. Additionally we will present technological developments to further optimize the effects of tDCS.