Neuroplasticity after Spinal Cord Injury

Noninvasive brain stimulation of primary motor cortex.

Learn about different types of stimulation targeting connections in the brain, spinal cord, and nerves to improve movement in patient population.

Project description

Our project aims to apply neurostimulation to improve motor function in people with spinal cord injury. We will assess neurophysiological changes as well as functional changes after the application of neurostimulation. The project involves cutting-edge neuromodulation techniques using transcranial magnetic stimulation, transcranial direct current stimulation, and transcutaneous electrical stimulation as rehabilitation intervention. Students will learn about different types of stimulation applied to target connections in the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves during the project.

Project outcome

Students will aim to make a poster and/or write an abstract on the outcome of this project. 

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment About 3-5 months
Start time Anytime
In-person, remote, or hybrid? Hybrid Project
Level of collaboration Individual student project
Benefits Research experience & academic credit
Who is eligible Juniors & Seniors

Project mentor

Hang Jin Jo

Assistant Professor

Department of Rehabilitation Science

Phone: (716) 829-2905


Start the project

  1. Email the project mentor using the contact information above to express your interest and get approval to work on the project. (Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor.)
  2. After you receive approval from the mentor to start this project, click the button to start the digital badge. (Learn more about ELN's digital badge options.) 

Preparation activities

Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase. 

Reading seminal articles 


physical therapy, spinal cord injury, rehabilitation science, motor control, neuroscience, physiology