“Practicing is not only playing your instrument, either by yourself or rehearsing with others – it also includes imagining yourself practicing. Your brain forms the same neural connections and muscle memory whether you are imagining the task or actually doing it.”Yo-Yo Ma
Research is just data without interpretation—like notes without a melody The Spaulding-Labuschagne Neuromodulation Center is where we connect the notes with original research and new technologies
The Spaulding-Labuschagne Neuromodulation Center is a state-of-the-art clinical research center devoted to the investigation of noninvasive brain and peripheral stimulation methods and their applications in neurological conditions.
Our research in the development of specialized brain and nerve stimulation therapeutic regimes is supported by the advancement of applied technology and sophisticated systems for brain activity analysis.
The practice of evidence-based neuromodulation integrates individual clinical experience and expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from well-designed clinical research.
We explore, examine, and build off of the body’s waves of energy.
“Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it.”
The brain likes to be safe and efficient, controlling the body’s anarchy with organization and boundaries set by modulating neural excitability. To advance the research of noninvasive neural stimulation, we are devoted to exploring the “disruption” of these boundaries and charting the unexplored territory of body and cognitive intelligence.
To accomplish this we have brought together a network of thinkers with the same quest, in an environment that stresses comprehension, communication, and collaboration (as well as alliteration). Members of The Spaulding-Labuschagne Neuromodulation Center are encouraged to be active and involved learners, weaving together research in the cross-disciplinary studies of engineering, neuroscience, and clinical research.
This collaboration results in exciting advancements in the science of Body Electric, and also educates a growing community of observers and fellows who obtain a unique knowledge of clinical research and noninvasive neural stimulation techniques.
We are advancing the creative use of noninvasive neurostimulation.
“I think a scientist’s job is to explore the Universe, to explore the cosmos around us. People always want to know – why is that useful? Well, on just pure fundamental grounds, on some level it’s like art, it’s like umm, music, it’s aesthetics, it’s like philosophy.”
Brian Schmidt, Astronomer and Nobel Laureate in Physics
The work of The Spaulding-Labuschagne Neuromodulation Center is focused on pain, neurological and cognitive rehabilitation, and neurophysiological assessments.
We seek to advance research of noninvasive brain stimulation (NIBS) techniques and to aid in development of practical clinical treatments for those with neurological disorders. This involves understanding neuromodulation mechanisms of TMS and tDCS, and how they affect brain function.
Research needs a global network of clinical researchers.
“People wouldn’t even go into science unless there was something much bigger to be discovered, something that is transcendent.”
David Eagleman Neuroscientist
Our Center is focused on clinical research in neurorehabilitation, cognitive rehabilitation, and pain, while also developing noninvasive neuromodulation techniques and promoting education and training in these techniques. Our objective is to enhance and further clinical research education among graduate and medical students. Our goal is to continue creating and expanding a global network of clinical researchers who will foster future collaboration.
Good research is constant and ongoing.
“Making the simple complicated is commonplace, making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” Charles Mingus
The Spaulding-Labuschagne Neuromodulation Center is an active and busy entity, where the scientific method is applied for the understanding of neuromodulation and Body Electric as a whole. We seek to advance the field of applied neuroscience by developing accurate and valid research.
You can view our ongoing research here.
Some of our research protocols involve:
- Effects of repetitive TMS for motor recovery after stroke
- Noninvasive neuromodulation for Parkinson’s disease
- Effects of NIBS (noninvasive brain stimulation) on chronic neuropathic pain
- Placebo studies
- Neuromodulation and concussion
- Testing and parameters categorization for new NIBS technology
- Combined use of neuromodulatory techniques for neurological rehabilitation
- Modulation of neurocognitive functioning in healthy individuals
- Integration of central and peripheral stimulation