Noninvasive VNS to Facilitate Excitability in Motor Cortex

2019-10-23 13:11:48 | BioPortfolio


Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) positively influences motor rehabilitation in stroke recovery. Transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation (taVNS) has shown effects on cortical plasticity. We investigate whether combination of TMS and taVNS is more effective at motor cortex excitability than either modality alone.


The investigators aim to determine the effects of taVNS on motor cortex excitability. The hypothesis is that taVNS alone (sham rTMS + active taVNS) will induce increases in motor cortex excitability (post-stimulation compared to baseline). The investigators expect these changes will be of a lesser magnitude than those of TMS alone (active rTMS + sham taVNS) due to the indirect mechanistic approach of taVNS. Another aim is to determine whether taVNS-paired TMS is more effective at inducing cortical excitability than TMS alone, as it is hypothesized that pairing two forms of neuromodulation (active rTMS + active taVNS) will increase TMS-induced cortical excitability in the motor cortex when compared to single modality approaches (active rTMS + sham taVNS; sham rTMS + active taVNS). Furthermore, it is expected that this increase is timing sensitive, and the paired approach will induce larger TMS-induced cortical excitability compared to unpaired neuromodulation (active taVNS + active taVNS).

Study Design




Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, transcutaneous auricular vagus nerve stimulation (taVNS)


Not yet recruiting


Medical University of South Carolina

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2019-10-23T13:11:48-0400

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