Gillick Pediatric Neuromodulation Lab

Gillick Lab

Empowering Children for Life

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gillick lab has launched two new remote studies:

On May 5, 2020 the Gillick lab launched a study titled, “Impact of disrupted access to rehabilitation and support services on families of children with disabilities during COVID-19”. The majority of children with childhood-onset disabilities affecting physical and cognitive function need early and continuous therapies to address their needs and optimize outcomes. Disruption in therapeutic services will likely impact outcomes and recovery at a critical time in development. We hypothesize that the impact of COVID-19 will show greater influence on health and quality of life for families of children with disabilities over time than families with typically developing children. Additionally, we hypothesize that access to rehabilitation and support services will be reduced, potentially impacting both the child’s development during this critical time period of growth and create a feeling of isolation, depression and a family’s desire to break the ‘social distancing’ imperative. Participants complete an online survey that includes questions regarding the impact of COVID-19 on access to therapy services and mental health.

In addition, on May 29, 2020 the Gillick Lab launched a study titled, “Assessing the feasibility of at-home neurorehabilitation: Applications for children with cerebral palsy and limited mobility during the COVID-19 Mandate”. The COVID-19 stay at home mandate has changed the landscape of rehabilitation, and will likely require an increased capacity to deliver effective remote rehabilitation. Our lab and others have shown that neuromodulation may be an effective strategy to enhance the effects of standard rehabilitation interventions. This study is an initial step in the assessment of feasibility to perform remote neuromodulation (tDCS-transcranial direct current stimulation) in children with cerebral palsy. 

The Gillick Pediatric Neuromodulation Laboratory focuses on cortical plasticity and recovery from neurologic insult across the lifespan. The Laboratory research encompasses the use of different forms of non-invasive brain stimulation (transcranial magnetic stimulation and transcranial direct current stimulation), in combination with behavioral training, for improved motor function after brain injury.

  • Current Studies
  • News
  • Support for Research
  • Family Resources
  • Current Studies

    Brain Stimulation and Function 

    "What is the best method of brain stimulation to maximize recovery for children after stroke?"

    Research Study in Babies with Stroke or Bleeding in the Brain

    "How does a baby's brain develop after an early injury?"

    Past Studies

  • News

    Ellen Sutter graduated from the DPT program and has completed all requirements to be a licensed physical therapist and will be continuing on with her PhD in the Gillick Lab. Congratulations, Ellen!

    * Samuel Nemanich, PhD, has completed his postdoctoral fellowship in the Gillick Lab. He has started a new position as Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy at Marquette University. Congratulations, Sam!
    Ellen Sutter, DPT, PhD student, was awarded "Honorable Mention: NYC Neuromodulation 2020 Emerging Scientists" and Dr. Bernadette Gillick was awarded "NYC Neuromodulation 2020 outstanding presentation" at the NYC Neuromodulation 2020 Online Conference in April. This free conference connected professionals in the field to the community on all forms of neuromodulation and related imaging techniques. Congrats to Dr. Gillick and Ellen! 

    * The Gillick lab and their work was featured in the University of Minnesota's recent medical bulletin highlighting the kind of work the University's new Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain will perform to keep kids’ brains at their best.

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  • Support for Research


    National Institutes of Health NICHD 1R21HD097575-01A1 (Gillick: PI)
    ‘Perinatal Brain Injury: Identifying Cortical Excitability and Circuitry through Multi-Modal Assessment’
    August 2019-July 2021

    National Institutes of Health, National Center of Neuromodulation for Rehabilitation Pilot Project Program (Gillick/Nemanich: Co-PIs)
    “Comparing Two Montages of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation in Pediatric Stroke”
    July 1, 2018-May 31, 2020

    Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC1078877) (Gillick: Co-I)
    ‘Randomized trial of Early Rehabilitation for Congenital Hemiplegia (REACH)’
    January 2019-January 2022

    Shepherd Trust/Jensen Family (Gillick: PI)
    January 2020- January 2021

    Previous Funding


    Associated Facilities

    Gillick Lab
    Room 320
    426 Church St. SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55455-0222

    Center for Magnetic Resonance Research
    2021 Sixth Street SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55455

    Center for Neurobehavioral Development
    717 Delaware Street SE, Ste. 333
    Minneapolis, MN 55414

    Clinical & Translational Science Institute
    Masonic Memorial Building
    424 Harvard Street SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55455

    Non-invasive Neuromodulation Laboratory (NNL)
    717 Delaware Street SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55414

  • Family Resources

    Calgary Pediatric Stroke Program provides children with cerebrovascular disease and their families with state-of-the-art diagnosis, treatment, and support while providing the opportunity to participate in leading clinical research initiatives.

    Cerebral Palsy Research Registry is a multi-institutional collaborative effort whose primary mission is to improve our understanding of cerebral palsy.

    Children's Hemiplegia and Stroke Association exists to help children who have survived an early brain injury that results in hemiplegia or hemiparesis (weakness on one side of the body. is a registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world. is a service of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

    International Alliance for Pediatric Stroke offers the needed resources, support, inspiration, knowledge and information that will empower you to better understand pediatric stroke.

    Research Match is a free and secure registry developed by major academic institutions across the country who want to involve you in helping today's research studies make a real difference for everyone's health in the future.

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Phone: 612-626-6415
Fax: 612-625-4274

Lab Location

306 Children's Rehabilitation Center
426 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Mailing Address

Gillick Pediatric Neuromodulation Laboratory
University of Minnesota
420 Delaware Street SE
MMC 388
Minneapolis, MN 55455