Dr Charlotte Stagg

University of Oxford
Associate Professor & Sir Henry Dale Fellow,

Dr Stagg is an Associate Professor and Head of the Physiological Neuroimaging Group at the University of Oxford. She has held a Sir Henry Dale Fellowship, funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society, since 2014.

Charlie trained in Physiology and Medicine at Bristol University in the UK. She did her DPhil research at the Oxford Centre for Functional MRI of the Brain (FMRIB), using advanced neuroimaging to study how the brain learns new motor skills. She was then awarded a Junior Research Fellowship at St Edmund Hall in Oxford, continuing to be based at FMRIB for her post-doctoral work, with research periods at University College London and the University of Miami, Florida.

Her inter-disciplinary group uses multi-modal neuroimaging and non-invasive brain stimulation approaches to understand the physiological processes underlying motor plasticity, both in the context of learning new motor skills and regaining function after a stroke. Her work has two overarching themes: to understand the mechanisms underpinning motor learning, and to develop non-invasive brain stimulation as a potential therapeutic intervention for rehabilitation.

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Non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) techniques such as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) are showing increasing utility both as tools for neuroscientific research, and as potential adjunct therapies for rehabilitation after brain injury. Here, I will review the evidence supporting their use, particularly in the context of motor recovery after stroke. I will go on to discuss recent work combining NIBS with multimodal neuroimaging to study the mechanisms underpinning the known behavioural effects. I will finish by summarising on-going work to maximise the potential of these techniques, and highlight their potential limitations.

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