The purpose of our study is to investigate how robot-assisted therapy for the hand and wrist can improve function after stroke.  If you choose to participate, you will be examined at UC Irvine to make sure you are eligible.  If you are eligible, you will be provided with therapy 4-5 days/week, for 3-4 weeks in a row.  This therapy will be provided by a trained investigator who will be helped by a robot specialized to assist the hand and wrist.  In addition to this therapy, an MRI scan of your brain plus several exams will be performed.  We make every effort to make this as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.  There is no charge to you or your insurance company and there is no payment for participation.  All activities take place on the main UC Irvine campus, in Irvine. The goal of our study is to hopefully help improve hand and wrist function in stroke patients and the find the best therapies for stroke survivors.


Dr. Steven C. Cramer is an Associate Professor of Neurology and Anatomy & Neurobiology at the University of California, Irvine.  He is board certified in internal medicine, neurology, and vascular neurology. 


In order to participate, you must fulfill general criteria including:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have had a stroke that started 11-26 weeks ago
  • Have weakness in your hand or wrist as a result of stroke
  • Able to understand English

Certain things might make you ineligible for this particular study such as:

  • A current diagnosis of major depression that is severe and active
  • Pregnancy
  • Advanced liver, kidney, heart, or lung disease
  • Inability to have an MRI