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Drake Center is Site for $3.6 Million NIH Grant to Study Mental Rehearsal that Improves Motor Skills in Stroke Patients
Date:10/30/2009

Drake Center is the research site for a five-year, $3.6 million grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH) that will enable University of Cincinnati (UC) researchers to explore how neuroplasticity, the mental rehearsal of physical activities which causes the brain to rewire itself, can improve motor skills in stroke patients.

Cincinnati, OH (Vocus) October 30, 2009 -- Drake Center is the research site for a five-year, $3.6 million grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH) that will enable University of Cincinnati (UC) researchers to explore how neuroplasticity, the mental rehearsal of physical activities which causes the brain to rewire itself, can improve motor skills in stroke patients.

"This is the culmination of a decade of work by our team in this area and will help many people," says Stephen Page, PhD, director of Drake's neuromotor recovery and rehabilitation laboratory and a University of Cincinnati associate professor of rehabilitation sciences, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurosciences, and neurology. Page is the principal investigator for the study.

According to Page, the study will be held in conjunction with the Cleveland Clinic, with the Drake Center site taking the lead. A total of 100 stroke patients will be recruited to participate in the groundbreaking research, with 50 patients participating over a five-year period at each of the two locations. The funding period runs from Sept. 1, 2009, to Aug. 31, 2014.

Page's previous research with stroke patients at Drake Center has shown that mental practice, or thinking about performing physical movements, activ
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