Pediatric Brain and Movement Study (Gillick)

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

Pediatric Brain and Movement StudyWe invite you and your child to take part in a research study about assessing the feasibility, ease of use, and tolerability of remote neuromodulation therapy. We are inviting you and your child if your child is between the age of 8-17 and has a diagnosis of hemiparetic cerebral palsy with a history of perinatal brain bleed or stroke.

Your child may be eligible if they:

  • Are 8-17 years old with a diagnosis of hemiparetic cerebral palsy with a history of perinatal brain bleed or stroke
  • Have at least one parent or legal guardian who speaks English

We invite you to help us make new discoveries!
We are trying to improve motor rehabilitation outcomes, reduce treatment cost, and improve access to health care through telecommunication.

We are doing a clinical trial study with children who have a diagnosis of hemiparetic cerebral palsy with a history of perinatal brain bleed or stroke. We want to progress telehealth and explore how remote neuromodulation therapy could be effective in providing therapy to children with cerebral palsy(CP). Effective remote neuromodulation therapy can provide access to in-person rehabilitation and aid in accommodating mobility and financial challenges. Ultimately, this will contribute to a wider reach in improving quality of life across the lifespan in individuals with CP.

An estimated 3.6 per 1000 births in the United States are affected by a stroke or brain bleed which can lead to a CP diagnosis. The burden that comes with travelling to in-person rehabilitation may be removed by being able to provide treatments and therapies remotely.

We are using a non-invasive brain stimulation (Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation) and a motor function test (Box and Blocks Test) as these are methods to assess and potentially improve motor function in patients that have CP.

Study Activities:
The research study will be conducted over 5 consecutive days. A study team member will bring the active device to your home setting and  you will also be in a videoconference call with another remote study team member who will instruct you through the steps. Each session will last about an hour.

Families will receive up to $100 for completion of all 5 sessions.

Our Team:
This study is led by Dr. Bernadette Gillick, accompanied by a team of scientists, study coordinators and trainees. 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 to Participate in Research Form

University of Wisconsin – Madison
Health Sciences IRB #2021-0691

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