Neurorehabilitation Research

The Neurorehabilitation Research program at the University of Kentucky focuses on applying investigational stimulation with therapies to enhance recovery from various neurological conditions. 

We are currently enrolling for 3 studies:

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation for Post-Stroke Motor Recovery (TRANSPORT2)

The goal of this multi-center study is to determine if brain stimulation at different dosages comined with a proven form of rehabilitation therapy can improve arm function after stroke. The brain stimulation used is called transcranial direct current stimulation, or tDCS, and is painless and noninvasive. During this study, participants will undergo 30 minutes of brain stimulation and 2 hours of intensive arm therapy every day.

Study Principal Investigator: Justin Huber, MD

Improving Hand Recovery with Neuromodulation in Tetraplegia (IGNITE)

This study examines a form of noninvasive brain stimulation, called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), applied with intensive therapy of the arm and hand. The goal of the study is to determine if arm and hand function can be improved in people with incomplete cervical spinal cord injury (neck spinal cord injury, tetraplegia). Participants will be assigned to receive either active or inactive noninvasive brain stimulation.

Study Principal Investigator: Sara Salles, DO

Modulating Neuropathic Pain with Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation

This study will look at the effects of a painless, noninvasive form of brain stimulation, called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), on neuropathic pain caused by complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), spinal cord injury (SCI), or phantom limb pain (PLP). tDCS is thought to increase the brain's ability to change. During each 20 minute session of tDCS, participants will be asked to practice mindfulness which will be guided by an app. 

Study Principal Investigator: Susan McDowell, MD

For more information about any of these studies, contact Elizabeth Powell at or (859) 323-6889.