The Laboratory of Neuroplasticity, Brain Stimulation and Motor Control (LNEC) of the Institute of Cognitive Neurology (INECO) aims to study the neurophysiological mechanisms underlying different neuroplastic processes in the brain and, based on these concepts, to develop therapeutic approaches for the treatment of injury acquired brain. Our area of work is primarily focused on “motor control” and the changes observed through learning in different brain domains. Neuroplasticity is the basis of sensorimotor learning, occupying a preponderant role in the course of functional recovery from brain injuries such as cerebrovascular accident (CVA), head trauma and multiple sclerosis, among other pathologies.
Our objective is to contribute to the evaluation and treatment of these diseases as well as to the understanding of normal brain functioning through the use of different functional brain techniques through the implementation of research based on working hypotheses. Techniques used include: non-invasive brain stimulation (in the form of direct current stimulation and magnetic stimulation), brain connectivity analysis based on functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), structural magnetic resonance imaging (DTI), and electroencephalogram (EEG).
We are also working on projects aimed at technological development in health that provide greater family, social and labor participation for patients with neurological sequelae, improving their rehabilitation and quality of life.
The LNEC maintains a strong international collaboration with one of the most important neuroplasticity research centers, the BrainImaging and NeuroStimulation (BINS) Laboratory, Dept. of Neurology, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany.
Director: PhD. Maximo Zimerman