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What is planned?
It is known from stroke research that immediately after a stroke, there can be an imbalance of activity between the affected and healthy halves of the brain. In addition to the direct damage caused by the stroke, the function of the affected half of the brain can be further impaired. For example, in the case of motor function, weakness (paresis) of the arms and legs can be further exacerbated when the healthy half of the brain overactively impairs the function/activity of the affected half.
In a randomized controlled trial, we were able to show that treatment with repetitive TMS (rTMS) improves the recovery of motor function in patients with brain tumors who have undergone surgery. The functional principle of rTMS treatment is that inhibitory stimulation is applied to the healthy, overactive half of the brain to compensate for the imbalance between the two halves of the brain.
In future studies, we will collaborate with internationally leading neurosurgical centers to improve the stimulation protocols in order to offer affected patients the optimal treatment tailored to their individual needs.