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Holland Bloorview’s research institute conducts need-based and ground breaking health research to make a real-world impact in the lives of children and youth with a disability, and their families.

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List of research studies

Measuring Muscle Patterns in Accelerometer-based Mechanomyography during Pediatric Gait

Summary:

Participate in a study of a system to measure the properties of muscles

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What is this study about?

For this study we are looking into a new method for measuring muscle activation during walking. We will be comparing a control group of typically developing children to children with walking difficulties. A non-invasive system called mechanomyography (MMG) will be used to collect the signals created by muscles while walking.

Development and Plasticity of the Neural Network for Speech Motor Control

Summary:

We want to learn more about how the ability to speak develops. Our study looks at how kids of different ages perform in an activity where they say different words and listen to themselves saying them. This will help us understand more about how and at what age the brain develops the ability to produce speech.

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Do you want to help scientists find out more about how we learn to speak? Consider participating in a research study about speech development.

What do children and youth/parents think about their appointments at Holland Bloorview?

Summary:

Our research team thinks that you can help us know what being involved means to children/youth and parents, and how to make appointments involving.

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Want to help us understand what involvement in outpatient appointments means at Holland Bloorview? Consider participating in Phase 2 of our study.

Measuring Muscle Patterns in Accelerometer-based Mechanomyography during Pediatric Gait

Summary:

Participate in a study of a system to measure the properties of muscles

Participate in this study:

What is this study about?

For this study we are looking into a new method for measuring muscle activation during walking. We will be comparing a control group of typically developing children to children with walking difficulties. A non-invasive system called Mechanomyography (MMG) will be used to collect the signals created by muscles while walking.

Using functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) to measure brain activity during dual-task performance in pediatric concussion patients (Healthy Youth)

Summary:

There is evident alterations in brain function following mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). It is of particular concern in the pediatric population with nearly 60% of children continuing to experience symptoms one month after injury. Currently, rehabilitation and return-to-life protocols use subjective self-measures of recovery. However recovery of symptoms may not coincide with recovery of brain function. There is evidence in changes in brain function during attention and memory tasks in youth following mTBI compared to controls. Furthermore, performance on tasks tends to suffer more during dual-task paradigms, where the brain is challenged to complete two tasks concurrently. This evidence comes from the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) which has given some insight into the underlying brain alterations following mTBI's. However, fMRI is expensive and is limited to positions where the patient is required to lie still. An inexpensive and accessible technique, functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), may be an alternate technique to measure brain function. This study will use fNIRS while completing a dual-task paradigm that combines an attention task (Stroop Interference Task) with the Clinical Test of Sensory Integration and Balance (postural sway). We believe that by monitoring brain function using fNIRS we will be able to better understand the underlying alterations caused by mTBI.  

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Do you want to help us learn what happens to the brain after a concussion? Consider participating in a research study about measuring and analyzing brain activity in youth.

What is this study about:
• We are conducting a research study looking at brain activity in youth during recovery from a concussion.
• We will compare brain activity measured from youth with and without concussion.
• We are using a technology called Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) to measure brain activity.
• There are no known harms associated with NIRS.