Robots Paired With tDCS in Stroke Recovery


The purpose of this study is to evaluate if multiple therapy sessions of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS non-invasive brain stimulation) combined with robotic arm therapy lead to a greater functional recovery in upper limb mobility after stroke than that provided by robotic arm therapy alone.

Study Start Date

September 2012

Estimated Completion Date

December 2016


  • Device: Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS)
  • Device: Placebo sham


  • Neurology: Stroke/Vascular

MeSH Terms

  • Cerebral Infarction
  • Stroke
  • Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation
  • tDCS

Study ID

North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System -- 12-102B



Trial ID


Study Type


Trial Phase

Phase 2

Enrollment Quota



North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System

Inclusion Criteria

  • 18 years of age or older
  • First single focal unilateral lesion with diagnosis verified by brain imaging, which occurred at least 6 months prior
  • Cognitive function sufficient enough to understand experiments and follow instructions
  • Fugl-Meyer assessment of 7 to 58 out of 66 (neither hemiplegic nor fully recovered motor function in the muscles of the shoulder, elbow, and wrist)

Exclusion Criteria

  • Botox treatment within 6 weeks of enrollment
  • Fixed contraction of the affected limb
  • Complete flaccid paralysis of the affected limb
  • History of hemorrhagic stroke
  • Ongoing use of CNS active medications
  • Ongoing use of psychoactive medications
  • Presence of additional potential tDCS/TMS risk factors including damaged skin at site of stimulation, presence of a magnetically/mechanically active implant, metal in the head, family history of epilepsy, and personal history of seizures




18 Years and older

Accepts Healthy Volunteers


Study Locations and Contact Information (1)

Study Location Distance Name Phone Email
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