Research Studies on Recovery of Language and Cognitive Skills after Pediatric Stroke Washington, DC, area

Jan 9, 2024

In our ongoing work, researchers at the Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery (CBPR) at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC, are studying the effects of childhood stroke on cognitive and language abilities. Drs. Elissa Newport, William Gaillard, and our colleagues are investigating how well children recover from strokes and which brain areas take over for stroke-damaged areas during recovery. To do so, we give children, teenagers, and young adults tasks involving language and visual-spatial skills while undergoing functional MR imaging (fMRI); in addition, outside the scanner, we give participants behavioral tasks to assess language, visual-spatial, and other cognitive skills. Understanding which brain areas are best at taking over after a stroke will allow us to develop future treatments for children who experience strokes.

This research involves absolutely zero radiation or needles! We are looking for children, teens, and young adults age 11 and older who had an arterial ischemic stroke (AIS) during childhood or around the time of birth. Siblings and adult survivors of pediatric stroke are also welcome. We are happy to help arrange transportation to and from Georgetown University Medical Center; for those traveling from outside the Washington, DC, region, we provide hotel accommodation and travel assistance. Participants will be paid for their time.

If you are willing to participate, please email , call 202-687-3727, or scan the QR code on the study flyer for more information. We also welcome inquiries from physicians interested in referring prospective participants.

Study Flyer: CBPR flyer


Research Study Type: Observational

Research Status: Enrolling

Site Type: Single site

Sponsors: National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders; Georgetown University Medical Center

PI Names: Elissa Newport, William Gaillard

Topics of importance: Childhood Ischemic Stroke; Neonatal Ischemic Stroke; Perinatal Stroke; Outcomes; Imaging, Language & Cognition

Seeking other sites to participate? No

Seeking patients/families to participate? Yes!

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