Neurological Application of Neurotoxins

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Grant Year

Clinical Research Fellowship

Grant Type

R. James Cotton, MD, PhD


Northwestern University and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Chicago, IL


Project Summary

Dr. Cotton is using this funding to develop an easy-to-use tool that can objectively characterize spasticity and predict response to neurotoxin injections by leveraging recent advances in wearable electronics, advanced sensors, and smartphones. Spasticity is a common clinical problem that impacts people with some neurologic conditions, including stroke, spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain injury. Not only can spasticity be painful, but it can also reduce a person’s range of motion, making it more difficult for them to do many activities.

  • $60,000 for 1 year fellowship salary.
  • $10,000 for Fellow tuition to support formal education in clinical research methodology.
  • Complimentary AANEM Annual Meeting registration for Fellow to present completed research.
  • $1,500 for Fellow to attend the AANEM Annual Meeting when the research is presented.

"The ANF grant will support me in extending the platform for the quantification of spasticity and how it responds to the neurotoxin injections."

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