Baby Brain Recovery Study (Gillick)

Call us to learn more and find out if your baby is eligible to join!

Baby Brain Recovery StudyWe invite you and your child to take part in a research study about how the brain changes in babies after a stroke or early brain injury. We are inviting you and your child if your child is younger than 6 months of age and has a diagnosis of an early brain injury like a stroke or brain bleed.

Your baby may be eligible if they:

  • 0-6 months old with a history of early brain injury
  • Have at least one parent or legal guardian who speaks English

We invite you to help us make new discoveries!
We are trying to learn about how infant brains develop.

We are doing a clinical trial study with babies who have had early brain injury. We want to learn more about how babies’ brains develop after birth. Specifically, we are studying how the brain changes over the first two years of life in babies who have had an early brain injury. We work to understand the relationship between recovery and development in early brain injury.

One in 2,300 babies have a stroke or bleeding in the brain. These babies have a risk of developing difficulty moving due to changes in the brain. To provide treatment when it may be most helpful, we first need to understand how the brain changes in babies after they had an early brain injury.

We are using brain pictures (magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI) and magnetic pulses (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) to study the way a baby’s brain is connected. Both the pictures and the pulses have been studied in infants and older children who also had a brain injury around the time of birth. We will also analyze how the baby is moving and other areas of development. Looking at how the brain develops at this young age will help us understand brain function in babies with early brain injury and improve treatments and outcomes.

Study Activities:
We expect that you and your child will be in this research study for about 2 years. You will be asked to accompany your child to the Waisman Center for 8-9 study sessions. Each session will last about 2-4 hours.
We will do different types of tests to learn about your baby’s brain development and movement.

Families will receive $50 for completing each of the 8-9 sessions, for a total of $450 over two years.

Our Team
This study is led by Dr. Bernadette Gillick. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about who we are and what we do!

Please call or email us to start the screening process:

608-381-2699 or

For lots more details, check out the Consent Form!

University of Wisconsin – Madison
Health Sciences IRB #2021-0412

PI: Bernadette Gillick, PhD, MSPT, PT
Lab: Pediatric Neuromodulation Laboratory
Keywords: Brain Imaging, Brain Injury, Infant & Child Development, Motor Development