The first Australian laboratory was opened in Brisbane to improve the results for children with brain injuries.
KidStim Lab, at Queensland University's Child Health Research Center, will expand the scope of non-invasive treatment options for children with damaged brain injuries due to incidents such as a stroke or a car accident.
Laboratory director Karen Barlow said that the brain's brain responded differently to an injury like an adult brain.
"After injury, when children grow and develop and brain drainage occurs, problems that have not been recognized previously may occur," said Dr. Barlow.
"Damage to the brain causes disruption in the networks and communications between different brain.
She said that non-invasive brain stimulation uses magnets or small electric currents.
"These therapies can change specific brain activity areas and improve network communication that can improve learning, sleep and energy levels and reduce headaches.
"Children with a hitch report an improved physical recovery and increased participation in activities, while children with depression report better mood and well-being."
A research team that will gain UQ with brain damage in children will develop a research program to explore new treatments using non-invasive therapies such as transcranial magnetic stimulation and transcranial direct stimulation.
The laboratory combines expertise from the UQ, the Queensland Medical Research Institute, Griffith University, Queensland's Queensland Rehabilitation and Child Health Service.
It will collaborate with renowned international centers, including the Hotchkiss Institute in Canada and the University of Minnesota.
The project was funded by the UQ, the National Council for Health and Medical Research, the Children's Health Foundation, the Ian Potter Foundation and the Commission for the Insurance of Car Accidents.
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