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Current Projects

Home-Based Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation for Older Adults

Our lab conducts several studies to determine if different applications of non-invasive brain stimulation, delivered at home, can improve memory and/or depressive symptoms as well as functional impairment among older adults. This innovative technique has not been widely available to older adults in need. Our team has developed a standardized, safe, and effective way for older adults and an identified partner to administer neurostimulation in the home, allowing greater access.

We are currently working on the following projects:

  • The MemStim Study: Home-based tACS for older adults with memory deficits
    • Aims
      • Determine the mean/range number of visits needed for in-person training.
      • Assess compliance and retention with study protocol.
      • Evaluate safety/side effects of hime-based tACS, as compared to previously established laboratory-based tACS data.
      • Examin the sustainability of beneficial cognitive effects of an initial intervention over the course of a full year.
  • Feasibility of home-based transcranial electrical stimulation (tES) for older adults at risk of falling
    • Aim
      • In this 3-phase study we are testing the feasibility of implementing remotely-supervised, caregiver-led transcranial electrical stimulation (tES) within clinical trials focused on older adults at risk of falling.
  • Multifocal transcranial current stimulation for cognitive and motor dysfunction in dementia
    • Aims
      • Assess the effects of tACSAG and tDCSPFC on memory, executive function and dual task gait, and iADLs in ambulatory older adults with mild dementia. 
      • Determine how much of the clinical effects on memory on the one hand, and executive function and dual task gait performance on the other hand, in a given individual depend upon the amount of normal component of the electric field (En) induced respectively in the left AG and left PFC as assessed by individualized e-field high-resolution modelling.