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Effects of different montages of tDCS on functionality in children with cerebral palsy: clinical trial, randomized, sham-controlled, double blind

Grant number: 16/03565-7
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2016
Effective date (End): July 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy
Principal Investigator:Claudia Santos Oliveira
Grantee:Natália de Almeida Carvalho Duarte
Supervisor: Manuela Galli
Host Institution: Universidade Nove de Julho (UNINOVE). Campus Memorial. São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Politecnico di Milano, Italy  
Associated to the scholarship:15/14952-9 - Effects of differents montages of tDCS on funcionality in children with cerebral palsy type spatic hemiparesis: clinical trial randomized, placebo-controlled and double blind, BP.DR


Objective: Verify the effects of differents montages of transcranial direct current stimulation over the primary motor cortex, associated with treadmill training on functionality in children with cerebral palsy (CP) type spastic hemiparesis. Materials and Methods: The population sample that will be part of this project will consist of 30 children with CP type spastic hemiparesis, aged five to twelve years. Children will be randomly allocated into three groups (Group 1: anodal tDCS over the primary motor cortex and cathode over the contralateral supraorbital region associated with treadmill training; Group 2: Sham anodal tDCS over the primary motor cortex and cathode over the region supra contralateral orbital associated with treadmill training; Group3: anodal tDCS over the primary motor cortex of the injured hemisphere and cathodic stimulation in the contralateral primary motor cortex associated with treadmill training. Participants will be assessed at three different times (before, after and one month after the proposed training). The assessment will consist of three-dimensional gait analysis, static balance, functional balance, functional performance, quality of life and electromyographic signals of the lower limbs. The training will be conducted for two consecutive weeks with five training sessions per week, for 20 minutes per session. The transcranial stimulation will be held simultaneously to gait training with an intensity of 1 mA. The results will be statistically analyzed assuming a significance level of 0.05 (p <0.05).For BEPE the student will work with data analysis of her project here in Brazil. (AU)

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