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Principal Investigators: Dr. James Young, Dr. Max Fitzgerald

Disease: MS, Parkinson's, stroke, traumatic brain injury

Research Description: Neurological conditions (including MS, Parkinson’s disease, stroke and traumatic brain injury) cause mobility impairment that is described by patients as the most intrusive symptoms impacting their quality of life. A form of electric stimulation administered with a device placed on the tongue has been studied for many years in patients with a variety of neurological disabilities. A portable version of the device, referred to as the Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator or PoNS, is being repurposed experimentally to improve gait and balance difficulties for people with these neurological disabilities. In this pilot study, Drs. Young and Fitzgerald are evaluating the effectiveness of combining the PoNS device with customized exercise/therapy routines to improve gait and balance for MS and Parkinson’s patients with moderate difficulties with mobility. They also expect to see other potential benefits to mood, quality of life and other functional aspects of daily living.

CWR funding role: Primary funder

Start date: October 1, 2015

Anticipated next steps:

→ Data published in a scientific journal and/or presented at a scientific conference 

→ Data supporting marketing approval of this device for at least one of these disease indications

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