Shapour Jaberzadeh

Assoc Professor

20012020

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Biography

Shapour works in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University as a Senior Lecturer.

Research interests

The goal of my research is to understand the mechanisms underlying plastic changes in the human central nervous system (CNS) and to develop novel therapeutic approaches for recovery of function based on these advances. My work has focused on the human sensory-motor system and on plastic changes taking place due to motor training, pain, or therapeutic interventions such as electrical stimulation (ES) and biofeedback.

I utilize different techniques in the context of well-defined hypothesis-driven investigations including Electro-neuro-myography (ENMG), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), EMG-triggered ES, transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) stimulation. I am interested in the development of these techniques to better understand mechanisms of human plasticity and to modulate human brain processes. My research protocols in healthy volunteers are geared to identify mechanisms of human neuroplasticity and to develop interventional approaches to enhance them when they play a beneficial role and down-regulate them when they are maladaptive. Advances in this understanding in healthy volunteers are subsequently applied to patients with neurological conditions like stroke in attempts to enhance neurorehabilitative processes.

My future goals are to improve my understanding of mechanisms underlying plasticity of function in humans. On the basis of these insights, I am engaged in translational efforts to develop rational rehabilitative interventions to improve sensory and motor disability after traumatic brain injuries or stroke in particular using peripheral nerve stimulation, EMG-triggered ES, TMS and tDCS.

Research area keywords

  • Electrical Stimulation
  • Electromyography
  • Neuroplasticity
  • Neuroscience
  • Non Invasive Brain Stimulation
  • Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

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