Burn injury is likely to drive changes in the brain, known as neuroplasticity, but we do not know if neuroplasticity following burn injury is functionally beneficial or maladaptive. If we can harness beneficial neuroplasticity, we can develop interventions to target the brain and enhance patient outcomes following burn injury.
Hear from Professor Fiona Wood about the study and how you can help by watching: -
We are conducting 3 studies to examine brain changes following burn injury.
- An Intervention Study. This study requires attendance at 5 x 45-minute sessions in which we will target the brain with non-invasive stimulation to determine whether it can improve functional outcomes. This study also requires attendance at 3 x 2-hour sessions in which we measure brain activity, movement control, and sensation.
- A Tracking Study. This requires attendance at 3 x 2 hours sessions in which we measure brain activity, movement control, and sensation. The sessions will be separated by 4-6 weeks and can be aligned with clinical follow-up visits.
- A Persistent Changes Study. This study will assess patients 1-5 years post initial burn. It requires participants to initially attend a 1 x 2-hour session in which we measure brain activity, movement control and sensation. Participants may be asked to meet with the research team one year after the first session.
For further information on these studies and what is involved, please watch this video from our research team by
If you are interested in participating in either of these studies, please contact the research team:
Phone 0409 420 152 or via email FSH.BurnResearch@health.wa.gov.au
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