September 2016: Volz et al (2016) Shaping early reorganization of neural networks promotes motor function after stroke. Cerebral Cortex, 26(6), 2882-2894 10.1093/cercor/bhw034
This is such impressive research because it’s so “cutting edge”! These researchers are amoung some of the most influential in this field. The intervention they’ve investigated is intermittent theta-burst stimulation applied just before physiotherapy that’s targeting upper limb recovery. The outcomes they’ve assessed are hand function and cortical excitability. This is a multi-modal intervention which aligns with the recovery approach of the future. To find out more, go to the abstract under Journal Club 2016. The full article is feely available at: http://cercor.oxfordjournals.org/content/26/6/2882.full
To find “humble opinion”, scroll down to the comment section at the base of this Journal Club page. I know that neuroplasticity literature can sometimes be hard to understand, but my advice is to read it anyway – an understanding of neuroplasticity and the brain’s response after stroke is just far, far to important to not be reading this literature!