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Finding new treatments for people with disabilities

Thank you for your interest in stroke, brain injury, and spinal cord injury medical research at the Casa Colina Research Institute (CCRI). Casa Colina patients and other community members who meet certain criteria may apply to participate in our studies. The purpose of each study is to gain a better understanding of new technologies and treatment methodologies, with the goal of improving medical and rehabilitation outcomes. Below are the current studies being conducted at CCRI.

Use of a Virtual Reality Platform to Measure Sensory Integration for Postural Control in Patients with PD and TBI

This study uses virtual reality (VR) as an assessment tool to measure and understand how people with these PD and TBI respond to changes in what they see and hear.

To be eligible, you must have:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a diagnosis with one or neither: PD or TBI
  • Be able to stand without support for at least 2 minutes and walk household distances unassisted
  • Have normal or corrected-to-normal vision and hearing
  • Have no history of peripheral neuropathy normal or corrected-to-normal vision and hearing
  • Be able to follow greater than 2-step commands

Are You Tetraplegic? Are You Interested in Controlling a Computer Using Thought?

This study seeks individuals with paralysis to control a computer using thought alone. Subjects with tetraplegia will learn to control the computer interface with the aid of the study team.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Live within one hour of Casa Colina and be able to attend 3-5 times a week for at least a year (transportation available at no cost)
  • Have electrodes implanted surgically and then removed after one year
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