Rehabilitating the Brain


This module will provide an in-depth understanding of motor control and how this is impaired in patients suffering from motor disorders such as Stroke and Parkinson’s disease. The principles of motor rehabilitation will be explored, as will the challenges facing successful rehabilitation. Students will be introduced to a range of potential interventions such as motor learning, robot-assisted therapy, brain stimulation, motivation, pharmacology and stem cells. These rehabilitation interventions will be mainly discussed in the context of childhood and adult brain lesions (Stroke), Parkinson’s disease and in patients who have suffered paralysis following an injury.


  • 10 x 2 hour lectures
  • 2 x 2 hour seminars
  • 1 x 2 hour practical classes/workshops


Grant proposal (30%): 1-page grant proposal relating to the advancement of motor rehabilitation.

Presentation (20%): 10 minute presentation of the grant proposal idea

Summer examination (50%): 2 hours. 2 essays from 5 questions.