2017 Graduate Student Award

Abnormal neuroplasticity in movement disorders

Ms Cricia Rinchon | University of Toronto

$30,000 (2 years) In memory of Delphine Martin Graduate Student Award

Ms Rinchon is a graduate student at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Medical Sciences and a trainee of the Krembil Research Institute within the University Health Network. Her work is investigating abnormal neuroplasticity in movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. Ms Rinchon’s research involves manipulating neuroplasticity in the motor system by activating neurons at specific time intervals using brain stimulation techniques. She is aiming to rapidly introduce neuroplasticity by pairing deep brain stimulation (DBS) and repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation on the surface of the brain.

If successful, this research will continue to the foundation of a new non-invasive form of brain stimulation therapy.