Dr. Vrabec’s research involves direct current block of the peripheral nerve.

There are many clinical issues that can benefit from electrical nerve block. New electrode technology was developed to provide direct current nerve block safely, allowing several novel nerve block waveforms to be tested that have the potential to address a wide variety of clinical issues over a varied group of patients.

Publications (Select)

Entire publication list can be found here.

  • Vrabec, T. Direct Current Block of Peripheral Nerve: Electrode and Waveform Development.Electronic Thesis or Dissertation. Case Western Reserve University, 2016. OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center. 18 Apr 2016.
  • Vrabec T, Bhadra N, Wainright J, Bhadra N, Franke M, Kilgore K. Characterization of high capacitance electrodes for the application of direct current electrical nerve block. Med Biol Eng Comput. 2016 Jan;54(1):191-203. doi: 10.1007/s11517-015-1385-5. Epub 2015 Sep 11. PubMed PMID: 26358242; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4779676.


Cleveland FES Center

Biomedical Engineer
Case Western Reserve University

Assistant Research Faculty
MetroHealth Medical Center


Program Contact
Tina Vrabec

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(216) 368-6544

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