SMaHRT (Stroke Motor reHabilitation and Recovery sTudy) is a longitudinal study aimed at understanding the natural history of upper extremity motor recovery after ischemic stroke. Participants will be enrolled during their acute stroke hospitalization and will have research visits spanning the post-stroke care continuum at 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and one year. These research visits will be integrated with comprehensive clinical visits to the Stroke Motor Recovery Clinic of the Center for Neurotechnology and Neurorecovery (CNTR, cntr.mgh.harvard.edu). The study will collect clinical outcome measures, video- and robot- based kinematic data, smartphone usage patterns, as well as EEG data in order to quantify the course of motor recovery. The ultimate goal is to rigorously understand the behavioral, neuroanatomic, and neurophysiologic underpinnings of recovery in order to develop personalized strategies and neurotechnologies to facilitate neurorehabilitation and enable better recovery for our patients.

In its first 3 months, the study has enrolled 25 participants (as of Aug 29, 2017). The ultimate goal is to enroll a minimum of 100 participants over a two-year period.   Patients must be aged 18 to 80 and present to MGH with an acute ischemic stroke resulting in upper extremity motor weakness. Participants must be able to follow simple commands in English, must have no prior major developmental, neurological, or psychiatric disorder, and must be willing to obtain their follow-up care at MGH.

The SMaHRT Team

Leigh Hochberg, MD, PhD
Leigh Hochberg, MD, PhD
Leigh Hochberg, MD, PhD
David Lin, MD
David Lin, MD
Co-Investigator
Alison Cloutier, MS
Alison Cloutier, MS
Clinical Researcher
Yuliya Mironovas, MA
Yuliya Mironovas, MA
Project Coordinator
Jonathan Rosand, MD, MSc
Jonathan Rosand, MD, MSc
Chief, Division of Neurocritical Care and Emergency Neurology
Seth Finklestein, MD
Seth Finklestein, MD
Stroke Neurologist
Kelly Sloane, MD
Kelly Sloane, MD
Vascular Neurology Fellow
Jessica Ranford, MS, OTR/L
Jessica Ranford, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist, Clinical Specialist
Kristin Parlman, PT, DPT, NCS
Kristin Parlman, PT, DPT, NCS
Neurologic Clinical Specialist
Kim Erler, PhD, OTR/L
Kim Erler, PhD, OTR/L
Assistant Professor, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, MGH Institute of Health Professions
Jessica Asiello, MS, OTR/L
Jessica Asiello, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
Kimberly Cortina, MS, OTR/L
Kimberly Cortina, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
Helena Diodati, MS, OTR/L
Helena Diodati, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
Natasha Frazier, MS, OTR/L
Natasha Frazier, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
Caitlin McCusker, MS, OTR/L
Caitlin McCusker, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
Abigail Rude, MS, OTR/L
Abigail Rude, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
Kristen Andrew, PT, DPT
Kristen Andrew, PT, DPT
Staff Physical Therapist
Meaghan Costello, PT, DPT, NCS
Meaghan Costello, PT, DPT, NCS
Staff Physical Therapist
Erin Greenler, PT, DPT, NCS
Erin Greenler, PT, DPT, NCS
Staff Physical Therapist
Kirstie Hinsman, PT, DPT, NCS
Kirstie Hinsman, PT, DPT, NCS
Staff Physical Therapist
Jana Strom, PT, DPT, NCS
Jana Strom, PT, DPT, NCS
Staff Physical Therapist
Danielle K. Kline, PT, DPT, NCS
Danielle K. Kline, PT, DPT, NCS
Physical Therapist, Neurologic Clinical Specialist, PhD Research Fellow in the Brain Recovery Lab at MGH Institute of Health Professions
Galina Gheihman
Galina Gheihman
Galina Gheihman, Medical Student, Harvard Medical School
Sean Schowalter
Sean Schowalter
Medical Student, Boston University Medical School
Audrey Cohen, MS, CCC-SLP
Audrey Cohen, MS, CCC-SLP
Clinical Practice Specialist, Speech Language Pathologist, Massachusetts General Hospital
Jennifer Freeburn, MS, CCC-SLP
Jennifer Freeburn, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist, Massachusetts General Hospital

SMaHRT Collaborators

Susan Fasoli, ScD OTR/L
Susan Fasoli, ScD OTR/L
Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, MGH Institute of Health Professions
Nicole Mazwi, MD
Nicole Mazwi, MD
• Co-Director, Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship Program, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital • Co-Director, Neurorecovery Fellowship Program, Department of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital

SMaHRT Alumni

Fabio Giatsidis, MD
Fabio Giatsidis, MD
Clinical Research Fellow

Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School