Research Studies

Our current studies focus on developing noninvasive brain stimulation therapies to aid in the recovery of function after stroke and spinal cord injury, as well as the treatment of neuropathic pain.

Ongoing studies

Modulating neuropathic pain with transcranial direct current stimulation

The goal of this project is to determine whether transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) can be used to decrease pain and related symptoms in people with neuropathic pain; either complex regional pain syndrome, phantom limb pain, or neuropathic pain after spinal cord injury.


Upcoming studies

TRANScranial Direct Current Stimulation for POst-stroke Motor Recovery  A phase II sTudy (TRANSPORT 2)

Part of a National Institutes of Health StrokeNet multicenter trial, this study is to evaluate the efficacy, safety, tolerability, and feasibility of different doses of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) in people 30-180 days after their first ever stroke. This study combines tDCS with intensive therapy of the affected arm and hand. 

ImprovinG Hand Recovery with Neuromodulation In TEtraplegia (IGNITE)

This study will investigate transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), paired with intensive therapy of the arm and hand, to determine if upper extremity function can be improved in individuals with incomplete tetraplegia at least 1 year post-injury. Participants will be assigned to receive tDCS at 1 of 2 different intensity levels.


For information on participating in any of these studies please contact Elizabeth Powell at (859) 323-6889 or elizabeth.salmon@uky.edu.