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Also known as rehabilitation engineering, this consortium develops and tests advanced non-invasive and implanted technologies to improve body and brain function and participation in everyday activities.
With millions of dollars in grant funding, this team has conducted cutting-edge epidural stimulation and exoskeleton research for spinal cord injury (SCI).
Future goals include obtaining national Rehabilitation Engineering and Research Center grants to advance neuromodulation, brain computer interface and haptics research.
Ashraf Gorgey, Ph.D., P.T., has received $3.7 million from the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program to use spinal epidural stimulation treatment in conjunction with a robotic suit to improve life quality for those with spinal cord injuries.
Co-led by Joseph Webster, M.D., a multi-site team developing a novel implant for the direct skeletal attachment of prosthetic limbs has received $27.8 million from the VA Cooperative Studies Program. The percutaneous osseointegrated prosthesis (POP) has the potential to overcome limitations associated with socket-based suspension systems.
Carrie Peterson, Ph.D., is researching ways to improve health and quality of life for those with spinal cord injury who use manual wheelchairs. The four-year study is aimed at disease prevention through advanced biomechanical modeling and diagnostic imaging.
Funded by the Commonwealth Neurotrauma Initiative Trust Fund ($443,809), this project is led by Zina Trost, Ph.D. and Lance Goetz, M.D. The project’s goal is to collect longitudinal data to create a registry tracking the medical and psychosocial needs of Virginians with spinal cord injuries.
Dianne Pawluk, Ph.D., has been awarded $1.1 million from the NSF for the Tangible Programming Environment Targeted for Students who are Visually Impaired. The aim is for a new interface, tSCRATCH, to enable visually impaired students to engage in computation and computational thinking.
Dianne Pawluk, Ph.D., has been awarded $319,004 from the NSF to develop a robotic assistant that provides haptic and Braille input and output to a computer and aids an individual in exploration of the computer window.