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Breakthrough in restoring hand movements after stroke

Professor Stuart Baker and team have developed a device to help rehabilitate movement in stroke patients

Stuart Baker, professor of movement neuroscience and his research team have developed a device to help rehabilitate movement in stroke patients. 

Stroke is a major cause of adult disability. Many people are left with restricted arm and hand movements after a stroke which leads to difficulty with everyday tasks such as washing and dressing. The device is about the size of a mobile phone and delivers a mild electric shocks to the muscle and a 'click' sound. Previously this method of rehabilitation involved the use of bulky technological equipment, thus limiting its use. By developing the smaller portable device it means that patients can take it away and use it as part of their everyday routine. 

Working with our partner, the Institute of Neurosciences Kolkata Professor Baker will be starting a clinical trial in India to determine the effectiveness of the device. 

You can read the full press release on the Newcastle University press office site and the scientific article in the Journal of Neuroscience

published on: 26 October 2016