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A World Of Discovery, Professor David Wilkinson

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This medical research has truly changed my life, it’s a miracle. My awareness to the left has improved vastly. I no longer bump into things all the time around the home. I can read and I am now able to walk down Canterbury high street alone.

Volunteer participant with stroke

Changing the lives of those with neuro-disability

Professor David Wilkinson

Professor David Wilkinson

School of Psychology

An unexpected brain disease or injury can happen to anyone and most are severely disabling and untreatable. Often drugs fail to do enough good, cause awful side-effects or simply don’t work.

Our research group has pioneered the amazing potential benefits of therapeutic neurostimulation. This is a technique to stimulate the brain from the outside (i.e. no surgery), using tested devices developed in our laboratory, for as little as 20 minutes a day.

We need to do larger-scale studies to understand how the brain is recovering with this treatment so that we can obtain the approvals needed to get this new form of treatment into routine clinical practice.

With your help, we can make a difference to peoples’ lives

The neurostimulation devices

Case studies

Case study 1 - The individual was residing in a minimally conscious state for 6 months following a heart attack which left his brain without oxygen for 20 minutes. During these 6 months, he was unaware of himself and his surroundings. As the 8 weeks of daily bedside treatment progressed he began smiling and conversing with family, and was discharged home soon after.

Case study 2 - The individual had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and was experiencing difficulties co-ordinating his movement, remembering key information, sleeping, and felt depressed and anxious. After 2 months of daily treatment self-administered at home, he reported that he found it much easier to get out of the armchair and to help his wife with daily chores. He was also now able to resume playing cards and to walk to the pub.

Case study 3 - The individual had suffered a stroke and was unable to notice people and objects on her left-hand side. After several sessions of treatment her difficulties had receded and she became able to enjoy conversations with family and friends and to get out and about in her wheelchair safely and confidently.

How you can get involved

In order to continue with our ground breaking research which could potentially change the lives of millions of people worldwide we need to secure £1.6million in philanthropic funding.

If you would like to support our vital work by making a financial contribution of any level, please contact:
Professor David Wilkinson, Professor of Psychology and Head of the School of Psychology - dtw@kent.ac.uk or 01227 824772
Anna Pollard, Development Manager - A.J.Pollard@kent.ac.uk or 01227 824670.

Kent Neurostimulation Service

Word has spread about the success of our ground breaking therapy and we are receiving an increasing number of enquiries from individuals and private care services in the community who would like to utilise the stimulation. We do not currently have the infrastructure in place to meet this need. The unique Kent Neurostimulation Service would not only provide an alternative treatment route for patients, it would also help the University meet its civic mission and provide inspirational training opportunities for our students who would help run it voluntarily.

If you would like to register your interest in volunteering for the Kent Neurostimulation Service, please email us.

Leading the project