Stroke- immense need of effective rehabilitation
Stroke is a sudden loss of neuronal function due to a lesion in the brain: a breakdown in the neuronal traffic. The lesion is caused by a blood vessel clotting or bursting, cutting off the blood supply. Impairments from stroke are the third leading cause of long-term disability in the world.
Spatial neglect, impaired spatial and general attention
Spatial neglect result from damage to the brain’s network of attention function. This is a common (>30%) and devastating loss of function, which hinders a stroke victim's ability to regain independence and quality of life. The need for effective diagnostic and rehabilitation for patients with spatial neglect is immense.