Testing somatosensory deficits in stroke patients with MRI: the key to increasing motor rehabilitation success.


Stroke has extremely negative consequences for quality of life, often resulting in impaired arm-hand functioning. It is increasingly understood that motor rehabilitation relies on the interplay between somatosensory and motor cortex: patients need touch and position information to re-learn missing day-to-day arm-hand skills. However, clinical diagnosis still overlooks somatosensory problems.
This project exploits state-of-the-art MRI to map somatosensory brain markers, and investigates these markers in both healthy subjects and stroke patients, to provide a short, objective, MRI-based test for somatosensory deficiency. This novel diagnostic approach has the potential to significantly improve rehabilitation treatment, increasing stroke patients’ quality of life.


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Main applicant

Prof. dr. R.W. Goebel

Affiliated with

Maastricht University, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience


03/09/2018 to 02/09/2022