Research Interests

Timea Hodics, M.D., and her staff focus on stroke recovery through interventions that enhance plasticity, the brain’s natural ability to recover from injuries. Current protocols include non-invasive brain stimulation techniques such as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

Hodics Lab Staff: Bhim Upreti, M.D.; Arun Alex, M.D.; Charlotte Bentley,
Administrative Assistant; Timea Hodics, M.D.; Kyle Nakatsuka, Student Intern

In addition, researchers are studying what happens in the brain that makes these interventions effective or ineffective. The lab uses functional MRI and TMS to study these effects. Dr. Hodics and her team have designed the setup of state-of-the-art equipment to study stroke recovery in a wide range of functional abilities.

Currently, Dr. Hodics is recruiting patients for two clinical trials. Acute and chronic stroke patients are needed for trials testing the effectiveness of transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) applied in combination with standard rehabilitative training (RT). Learn more about our clinical trials.

Collaborators and consultants supported by the lab

  • Joseph Hidler, Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering
  • John Pezzullo, Ph.D., Biostatistician
  • Patricia Smith, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Physical Therapy