TxBDC NEWS - 2018

March 28, 2018
MD Magazine

Vagus Nerve Stimulation Assists in Stroke Recovery

Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), in conjunction with conventional rehabilitation services, can double lasting recovery for forelimb supination and simple motor tasks, and improve the structural plasticity in motor networks for patients that have had a stroke.

A team of researchers from the University of Texas at Dallas, led by Michael Kilgard, PhD, BSc, paired VNS with a physical therapy task to improve upper limb function in rodents, which results in doubled long-term recovery rates compared to the standard therapy methods. Read More

March 25, 2018

Vagus Nerve Stimulation Enhances Post-stroke Rehabilitative Training

Vagus nerve stimulation, paired with a physical therapy task, doubles long-term recovery rate relative to current therapy methods, new rodent research indicates. The study, from researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas, demonstrates a method to accelerate motor skill recovery after a stroke by helping the brain reorganize itself more quickly. Read More

March 22, 2018
UT Dallas News Center

Vagus Nerve Stimulation Boosts Post-Stroke Motor Skill Recovery

Dr. Seth Hays, Dr. Michael Kilgard and Eric Meyers PhD'17 collaborated on a study of vagus nerve stimulation's effects on stroke recovery. The results may be an important step toward creating guidelines for standardized usage of the technique for post-stroke therapy. Read More

March 16, 2018

Spinal Cord Injury: Is the vagus nerve our neural connectome?

The vagus nerve reports on the state of many of the organs in our body, including the heart, the lungs and the gut, and it relays this information to various neural control networks that unconsciously regulate internal organs. It has also been shown that artificial electric stimulation of the vagus nerve helps with recovery in animal models of stroke, tinnitus and spinal cord injury (De Ridder et al., 2014; Hays, 2016). Read More

February 2, 2018
The Dallas Morning News

Research universities drive job and wage growth in Dallas

The University of Texas at Dallas anchors the tech industry in the North Dallas-Plano corridor. The university is known, in particular, for an outstanding engineering program developed with the help of funding from nearby telecommunications and defense firms. Read More

February 2, 2018
NBC News

Special Goggles Help Diagnose Possible Brain Injuries

A new device may be able to help doctors diagnose concussions on the sidelines of athletic fields.The Texas Biomedical Device Center has developed handheld portable device capable of quickly measuring an individual's visual tracking abilities.The high-tech pair of goggles is called Neurotriage and performs a quick baseline test for athletes and then follow up tests after an impact. Read More

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