Motor Activated Auricular Vagus Nerve Stimulation (MAAVNS) Paper Published

NC NM4R-associated researchers, led by NC NM4R Executive Committee member Bashar Badran, Ph.D., have published a paper on motor activated auricular vagus nerve stimulation (MAAVNS) for stroke rehabilitation in the Neurorehabilitation & Neural Repair journal.

Bashar W. Badran, PhD; Xiaolong Peng, PhD; Brenna Baker-Vogel, BS; Scott Hutchison, OTD; Patricia Finetto, MSOT; Kelly Rishe, MSOT; Andrew Fortune, BS; Ellen Kitchens, BS; Georgia H. O’Leary, BS; Abigail Short; Christian Finetto, PhD; Michelle L. Woodbury, PhD; and Steve Kautz, PhD developed a closed-loop taVNS system for motor rehabilitation called motor activated auricular vagus nerve stimulation (MAAVNS) and conducted a randomized, double-blind, pilot trial investigating the use of MAAVNS to improve upper limb function in 20 stroke survivors with promising results.

Full details of the pilot study are included in the paper, "Motor Activated Auricular Vagus Nerve Stimulation as a Potential Neuromodulation Approach for Post-Stroke Motor Rehabilitation: A Pilot Study," on the Neurorehabilitation & Neural Repair website.