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iTBS STUDY

We are looking for healthy right-handed participants between the ages of 18-35 to take part in a study investigating motor control of the hand. This study is exploring how controlled pulse parameter transcranial magnetic stimulation (cTMS) can influence the excitability and organization of the motor cortex.

Your participation would involve coming to our lab to receive cTMS for 3 sessions, approximately 2 hours long each. You will be compensated at a rate of $20/hour for your time.

If interested, please contact Karishma Ramdeo at mac.neurophysiology@gmail.com

This study has been reviewed by, and received ethics clearance by the Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board (HIREB) under project #15297.

What is cTMS?

Controllable Pulse Parameter Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is a non-invasive method used to excite specific brain cells externally. Through its coils, the cTMS creates a magnetic field that causes an electric current to be induced, activating specific brain cells. 

In a session, magnetic pulses are applied to the scalp using an electromagnetic coil causing a twitch in hand muscles by stimulating neurons. 

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What is Intermittent Theta Burst Stimulation (iTBS)?

Intermittent Theta-burst Stimulation (iTBS) is a modern TMS procedure that uses the brain's structures to increase neuroplasticity—the ability of neurons to connect, adapt, and change in response to electrical brain activity.

 

We will be comparing two stimulation techniques in their abilities to impact neuroplasticity.

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Our Goal

We are trying to determine:

Which stimulation technique causes a greater effect in the plasticity of the targeted neuronal circuits?

Timeline:

What will sessions look like?

Pre-Measures (~45 mins)

Break
(~10 mins)

Intervention
(~15 mins)

Post-Measures
(~30 mins)

Results from this study will help improve therapeutic brain stimulation techniques and their effectiveness!

Interested in participating? 

Karishma Ramdeo, MSc

PhD Candidate, 

Department of Kinesiology

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