Research Projects

Daniel Simpson

Current PhD Student

Unilateral strength training and Mirror therapy for enhancing motor function after stroke: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Both mirror therapy and cross-education of strength have successfully promoted functional recovery post stroke. A recent systematic review by Zult et al. shows evidence for the effectiveness of mirror therapy to enhance cross-education of strength for patients after stroke. Recommendations from this review, propose that a combination of unilateral strength training with mirror training can further accelerate functional recovery post stroke. The objectives of the research project are 1) evaluation of the effects of mirror therapy combined with cross education of strength on motor recovery and functioning in patients with chronic stroke 2) explore how this new combination therapy compares to placebo condition and 3) identify any adverse effects of the new combination therapy.


Peer Reviewed Journal Publications:
• Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation (Impact Factor: 1.452)
Title: „Cross-education of strength has a positive impact on post-stroke rehabilitation: a systematic literature review” (Ehrensberger et al. 2016)


• Crisp (Centre for Research in the Social Professions) research seminar
Title: “Mirror therapy and unilateral strength training for enhancing motor function after stroke”
• Health Science & Physiology IT Sligo Research Meeting
Title: “Mirror Therapy and Unilateral Strength Training for enhancing motor function after stroke”

• Radio Interview Broadcast Ocean FM September 2015


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