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Request for research support /visiting researcher: virtual reality and transcranial stimulation by continuous anode current for improvement of motor function of superior members in children with Down Syndrome: randomized controlled clinical trial

Grant number: 17/06382-3
Support type:Research Grants - Visiting Researcher Grant - International
Duration: October 17, 2017 - October 27, 2017
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy
Principal researcher:Claudia Santos Oliveira
Grantee:Claudia Santos Oliveira
Visiting researcher: Nicola Cau
Visiting researcher institution: Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Home Institution: Universidade Nove de Julho (UNINOVE). Campus Memorial. São Paulo , SP, Brazil

Abstract

Objective: To verify the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) associated with neuromotor upper limb training with virtual reality on brain activity and motor control in children with Down Syndrome (DS). Materials and Methods: The population sample will be defined after a pilot study, with the same methodology of the proposed study. Group 2: anodic tDCS in the bilateral primary motor cortex and cathode in the unilateral deltoid associated with virtual reality training Group 2: anodic tDCS in the bilateral primary motor cortex and cathode in the associated unilateral deltoid (Before, after and one month after the proposed training) The evaluations will consist of three-dimensional analysis of the movement and electromyography of the paretic upper limb (SMART-D 140® system - BTS Engineering and EMG FREEEMG® - BTS Engineering), the brain activity will be evaluated by EEG (BrainNet BNT36). The training will be carried out for 4 consecutive weeks, with 3 training sessions per (20 minutes), with an intensity of 1 mA. The results will be analyzed statistically assuming a level Of significance of 0.05 (p <0.05 (AU)

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