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Rewiring the Brain

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 200 people are diagnosed with MS every week, adding to the 2-point-5 million people around the world who are already diagnosed. Doctors Jake Sosnoff and Rob Motl of the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health are investigating the impact of locomotor therapy on persons with multiple sclerosis, using cutting-edge rehabilitation equipment such as Innoventor’s Therastride. Locomotor training essentially rewires the brain and spinal cord to improve walking ability in people who have suffered brain or spinal cord injuries, strokes, and other neurological disorders. Their study will expand significantly the limited research that has addressed the effectiveness of locomotor training in persons with MS.  Moreover, they will add new knowledge about the impact of this training on quality of life and independence, and they will identify specific changes that take place in the spine and brain.