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New Treatment for Cerebral Palsy

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers at the University of Minnesota Medical School found non-invasive brain stimulation could be a safe, feasible intervention for improving coordination and motor skills in children with cerebral palsy (CP). It is the first time researchers have ever studied this combined intervention for cerebral palsy.

Findings from the pilot study were published this month in the European Journal of Pediatric Neurology, suggesting a broader study is warranted to fully understand the promise of this intervention becoming a future clinical therapy.

“We’ve seen how non-invasive brain stimulation can transform lives and produce significant results for people with other neurological conditions with little to no side-effects. We wanted to explore the option for children with cerebral palsy,” said lead author Bernadette Gillick, Ph.D., P.T., assistant professor in the Medical School’s Division of Physical Therapy. “Our aim is to advance early intervention options to help these children manage their condition, improve their quality of life and thrive.”

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