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Spinal Cord Injury: Rehabilitation

Development of a Rehabilitation Research Program to Study the Biomechanics of Walking Following Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury
Sponsor: South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Research Fund | PI: Chris Gregory
A goal of this work is to elucidate the underlying mechanisms that limit locomotor function after incomplete SCI. Surprisingly little is known about the mechanisms underlying walking following SCI and few data exist that describe the biomechanical characteristics of walking in this population. Our long-term goal is to establish the environment necessary to successfully compete for external funding with studies aimed at designing rehabilitation interventions that maximize functional recovery in persons following incomplete SCI. The more immediate goals, and aims of this proposal, are to 1) establish a network for recruitment of subjects; 2) develop database describing the biomechanics of walking; 3) determine predictors of impaired walking; and 4) perform pilot studies on adaptations to interventions, in persons following incomplete SCI.

Propulsive Training in Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury
Sponsor: South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Research Fund | PI: Mark Bowden
The goals of this study are to: 1) develop a laboratory capable of capturing detailed biomechanical data in controls and populations with spinal cord injury, 2) develop a database of biomechanical and functional performance measures in controls and individuals with iSCI in order to examine biomechanical underpinnings of walking after SCI and compare to normative values and, 3) collect pilot data for interventions related to improving force production during walking.

Task-specific Propulsion Training after Neurological Injury
Sponsor: NIH/Georgetown University | PI: Mark Bowden
The purpose of this pilot work is to explore the ability of a custom piece of hardware (Force Pod, Aretec, LLC; Ashburn, VA) to assist with training propulsion during task specific walking interventions. The Force Pod is designed to provide anterior or posterior forces to the center of mass during walking and may theoretically facilitate improved propulsive impulses during the walking cycle.

Learn MoreDevelopment of a Passive Elastic Exoskeleton for Gait Rehabilitation
Sponsor: NIH/ National Institute of Child Health & Human Development 
PI: Jesse Dean

The long-term goal of the proposed project is to develop an innovative gait rehabilitation device that is low-cost and more effective than current rehabilitation techniques. If successful, populations with limited gait function would be provided a more affordable method of gait rehabilitation that could allow them to practice assisted walking in more real world, non-clinical situations.
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