Judith D. Schaechter

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Greater loss in structural integrity of the ipsilesional corticospinal tract (CST) is associated with poorer motor outcome in patients with hemiparetic stroke. Animal models of stroke have demonstrated that structural remodeling of white matter in the ipsilesional and contralesional hemispheres is associated with improved motor recovery. Accordingly, motor(More)
Primate studies have demonstrated that motor cortex neurons show increased activity with increased force of movement. In humans, this relationship has received little study during a power grip such as squeezing, and has previously only been evaluated across a narrow range of forces. Functional MRI was performed in eight healthy subjects who alternated(More)
This review intends to begin to build a bridge between our understanding of the effect of motor rehabilitation and brain plasticity on recovery after hemiparetic stroke. It discusses the impact of intensive post-stroke motor rehabilitation on motor recovery. This is followed by an overview of our current understanding, based on human brain mapping(More)
Constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) is a physical rehabilitation regime that has been previously shown to improve motor function in chronic hemiparetic stroke patients. However, the neural mechanisms supporting rehabilitation-induced motor recovery are poorly understood. The goal of this study was to assess motor cortical reorganization after CIMT(More)
The brain processes involved in the restoration of motor skill after hemiparetic stroke are not fully understood. The current study compared cortical activity in chronic stroke patients who successfully recovered hand motor skill and normal control subjects during performance of kinematically matched unskilled and skilled hand movements using functional(More)
Damage to the corticospinal tract (CST) in stroke patients has been associated with functional reorganization in the ipsilesional and contralesional sensorimotor cortices. However, it is unknown whether a quantitative relationship exists between the extent of structural damage to the CST and functional reorganization in stroke patients. The purpose of the(More)
Animal studies have demonstrated that motor recovery after hemiparetic stroke is associated with functional and structural brain plasticity. While studies in stroke patients have revealed functional plasticity in sensorimotor cortical areas in association with motor recovery, corresponding structural plasticity has not been shown. We sought to test the(More)
BACKGROUND Acupuncture may improve motor function in patients with chronic hemiparetic stroke, yet the neural mechanisms underlying such an effect are unknown. As part of a sham-controlled, randomized clinical trial testing the efficacy of a 10-week acupuncture protocol in patients with chronic hemiparetic stroke, we examined the relationship between(More)
BACKGROUND Prognosis of long-term motor outcome of acute stroke patients with severe motor impairment is difficult to determine. OBJECTIVE Our primary goal was to evaluate the prognostic value of corticospinal tract (CST) injury on motor outcome of the upper limb compared with motor impairment level and lesion volume. METHODS In all, 10 acute stroke(More)
The kinematics of motor task performance affect brain activity. However, few functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) motor studies have accounted for on-line kinematics because there are currently few MRI-compatible devices to record motor performance. We built a device based on Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) gyroscopes that measures the(More)