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What is planned?
It is known from stroke research that immediately after the occurrence of a stroke, there can be an imbalance of activity between the affected and healthy halves of the brain. In addition to the direct damage of the stroke, the function of the affected brain hemisphere can be further impaired. For motor function, for example, weakness (= paresis) of the arms and legs can be further intensified if the healthy brain hemisphere overactively impairs the affected brain hemisphere in its function/activity.
In a randomized controlled study, 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 hemisphere to balance the imbalance between the two brain hemispheres.
As part of a future project, a feasibility study is planned in which we will investigate rTMS-based induction of language plasticity. Once the exact study details are determined, they will be published here.