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The Neuromodulation & Recovery Lab is focused on the development of neuromodulatory strategies to promote functional recovery and mobility after neuromuscular disorders and injuries, including stroke and spinal cord injury. The lab employs a wide variety of approaches and techniques to their research, which include epidural and transcutaneous spinal stimulation, transcranial magnetic stimulation, peripheral nerve stimulation, as well as electromyography, kinematic analysis, posturography, and neuroimaging. The clinical research program focuses on the study of central nervous system plasticity during the course of motor learning and regaining sensorimotor function. Within activity-based therapies that utilize neural modulation, lab researchers are especially interested in exploring the strategies for regaining functionality during self-assisted standing and stepping, as well as for improving control of motor and autonomic functions.

Within the Center for Neuroregeneration, the Neuromodulation & Recovery Lab is collaborating on studies using preclinical models, which focus on regrowth and reorganization of injured neural circuits. The lab also pursues research with the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Core. In addition, the lab forms strong collaborations with research teams from the University of California Los Angeles, the Mayo Clinic, the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and the University of Alberta.

Dimitry Sayenko, MD, PhD

Dimitry Sayenko, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Center for Neuroregeneration
Department of Neurosurgery
Neurological Institute
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College


Sayenko Lab, Houston Methodist Research Institute
6560 Fannin, Suite 944
Houston, Texas 77030

Rachel Markley, MPH
Phone: 713.441.3770

Our Team

Gerome Manson, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Rachel Markley, MPH
Research Coordinator

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