Stroke: Rehabilitation

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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Evaluation of Walking Specific Motor Learning in Chronic Stroke
Sponsor: VA Rehabilitation R&D Service Career Development Award  |  PI: Mark Bowden
The purposes of this grant are to 1) identify variables to distinguish changes in behavior that imply motor learning associated with a locomotor rehabilitation program; and 2) develop a portable biomechanical assessment system to be used outside of a traditional biomechanics laboratory.

Intermuscular Coordination of Hemiparetic Walking
Sponsor: NIH/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development  |  PI: Steve Kautz
This study performs computer modeling of experimental data to investigate how muscle forces are related to step length asymmetry and propulsion deficits in persons with hemiparesis undergoing locomotor training.

Lower Extremity Power and Locomotor Function after Stroke
Sponsor: American Heart Association  |  PI: Christopher Gregory, Co-I: Noelle Moreau
The primary objective of the proposed project is to establish a scientific framework to maximize walking outcomes post-stroke. This project is based on the belief that: 1) the ability to activate muscles with the appropriate timing and amplitude is impaired and is in large part responsible for the gait disabilities following stroke and 2) high-velocity jump training facilitates use-dependent plasticity in lower extremity muscles resulting in improved walking. 
 

Learn morePatient-Targeted Upper Extremity Rehabilitation after Stroke
Sponsor: Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center  |  PI: Michelle Woodbury
This study is investigating the effects of an upper extremity stroke rehabilitation program that is targeted at specific movement impairments and systematically progressed according to patients’ evolving ability-level. The treatment effect of the targeted-therapy program is compared to standard of care neurorehabilitation program with clinical assessment, kinematic analyses, and EMG analyses.
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Skeletal Muscle Properties and the Metabolic Cost of Walking Post-Stroke
Sponsor: Veterans Administration Medical Center  |  PI: Chris Gregory
The primary objective of the proposed project is to establish a scientific framework to maximize walking outcomes post-stroke. This project is based on the belief that: 1) the ability to activate muscles with the appropriate timing and amplitude is impaired and is in large part responsible for the gait disabilities following stroke and 2) high-velocity jump training facilitates use-dependent plasticity in lower extremity muscles resulting in improved 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.

tDCS for Walking Recovery After Atroke: Comparison of Cortical and Spinal Stimulation
Sponsor: South Carolina Clinical & Translational Research Institute  |  PI: Steve Kautz
The fundamental question addressed by the proposed pilot work is whether the combination of a task-specific physical intervention strategy and safe, non-invasive tDCS can improve rehabilitation outcomes by facilitating increased and more appropriate motor output of the paretic leg motor neuron pools when stimulating the cortex and/or the lumbosacral spinal cord.

Learn moreA Virtual Reality Environment for Post-Stroke Upper Extremity Motor Rehabilitation
Sponsor: MUSC College of Health Professions and Clemson University School of Computing  |  PI: Michelle Woodbury
The purpose of this study is to test the feasibility of a new virtual reality environment for rehabilitation of arm and hand movement after stroke. The novel virtual reality system enables a person who has limited arm movement in the real world to appear to have normal movement in the virtual world. To learn more please click here.

ZeroG: Dynamic Over‐Ground Body Weight Support System
Sponsor: Corporate Sponsor & NIH/National Institute of Child Health & Human Development  |  Co-PI: Steven Kautz
This study develops new features for the novel device, the Zero-G overhead body weight support system, by applying an adaptive controller to help person post stroke and spinal cord injury to practice walking over-ground more symmetrically.



 
 
 

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