Restorative Neurology Research
The Centre for Restorative Neurology is a new initiative focusing on research to improve functional recovery of patients after neurological illness or injury including stroke, head injury, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. Led by Clinical Professor Soumya Ghosh, this research is multidisciplinary and uses state-of-the-art methodologies, including robotic arm therapy, balance assessment and therapy, cognitive assessment and therapy and non-invasive brain stimulation.
The ultimate goal of the Centre – the first of its kind in Australia – is to develop multidisciplinary programs targeted at promoting recovery and functional improvement neurological patients.
Neurological disorders are one of the leading causes of disability in Australia. In spite of advances in prevention and acute care, a large proportion of patients with cerebrovascular, inflammatory and neurodegenerative disorders are left with significant deficits.
Recovery from neural injury is thought to occur through processes of “relearning” and “neuroplasticity”, and newer techniques such as computer-assisted robotic therapy, cognitive therapy and non-invasive brain stimulation are being increasingly trialed to hasten this relearning process and improve outcomes.
The Centre is active in developing appropriate clinical trials for evaluating newer therapies and understanding mechanisms of neuroplasticity. The Centre also routinely evaluates patients for recruitment into one of these clinical trials.