Research Study Recruitment

Mapping Sensorimotor Brain Activity


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You may be eligible to participate if:

  • You are Right-handed
  • You are between the ages of 18 and 65
  • You have a cervical spinal cord injury, or
  • You have a healthy spinal cord

The human brain is a fascinating place. The brain sends and receives information from the rest of our body via the spinal cord. Many individuals have diseases or injuries which disrupt this connection between the brain and certain body parts.

Using functional MRI, we can create a map of different kinds of brain activity. In this study we want to locate the specific brain regions for movement signals and sensory awareness associated with various parts of the body. We will measure brain activity in people with and without spinal cord injury. The information gained from this research study will be useful for developing technology or rehabilitation strategies to assist people with spinal cord injury.

If you decide to participate, you will be asked to complete several questionnaires and undergo an MRI scan of your brain while you watch videos on a computer.

You will be compensated $150 for your time plus free parking.

Principal Investigators: Jennifer Collinger, PhD, Michael Boninger, MD

If you are interested in participating or learning more about the study, please contact research coordinator, Debbie Harrington, at (412) 383-1355.

To verify the validity of this study, you can call the Associate Chief of Staff R&D VAPHS Institutional Review Board (IRB) at 412-360-2394.

Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Bakery Square, 6425 Penn Avenue, Suite 400
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 412-822-3700