Otago University team's electrifying stroke recovery solution defies traditional thinking

A Dunedin neuroscientist has discovered a new way to help people recover from stroke, by implanting an electrode into the undamaged side of the brain.

In a world-first, Professor John Reynolds and his team at Otago University have gone against traditional thinking, targeting the healthy side of the brain, rather than the area around the stroke, with electrical stimulation.

"Putting an electrode in the healthy side of the brain when someone has a stroke on the other side is really not a conventional thing to do," Reynolds said.

"We are potentially putting something that could be risky on the good side."

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