The Friel Lab

Our laboratory at the Burke-Cornell Medical Research Institute aims to improve hand function in children with cerebral palsy (CP). Our research focuses on the importance of motor activity in neurorehabilitation.

We use sophisticated techniques to non-invasively study the anatomy and function of the brain and spinal cord. We study how brain structure and function change as children receive hand rehabilitative training.

By better understanding brain structure and function in children with CP, it is hoped that scientists will best be able to devise new therapies for these children. Currently, we are also developing therapies for children and adults with CP that utilize non-invasive brain stimulation.

Here is a short video to summarize some of our research: