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Edward "Peter" Washbaugh and the NeuRRo Lab were featured in the AAAS Science Update podcast that aired on November 17th. The interview focused on their work using self-powered robots to reduce slacking during therapy after stroke. These findings were presented at the 2016 Society for Neuroscience Conference that took place in San Diego California, and mark an exciting new development in the NeuRRo Lab.
The complete podcast can be accessed at:http://www.scienceupdate.com/2016/11/robotic-motivation/
Robotic rehabilitation is a promising approach to recover lost functions after stroke or other neurological disorders; however, “motor slacking” – a phenomenon where the motor system reduces muscle activation levels and movement excursions to minimize metabolic and movement related costs – is a known limitation of externally driven robots. Research at the NeuRRo Lab tested the hypothesis that motor slacking could be effectively minimized if individuals provide the power to move the limb via their own body power (e.g., from their opposite limb). This presentation (Title: Self-powered robots to minimize motor slacking during rehabilitation) has been selected as a Neuroscience 2016 Hot Topic and will be included in this year's (2016) Hot Topics book. Peter Washabaugh will be presenting this work at the Neuroscience 2016 (SFN). This work was funded by NIH Grant# R01 EB019834. For more information and include this work in your meeting planner, please visit: SFN abstract
Peter Washabaugh's achievement on receiving an NSF fellowship is highlighted on BME News. For more information please visit: http://bme.umich.edu/2016-nsf-fellowships/
Dr. Krishnan's recent research article (In Press) was featured in American Academy of Physiatrists (AAP) Podcast. In this podcast, Dr. Adam Tendforde from Harvard University interviews Dr. Krishnan about his work regarding the role of trunk function in wheelchair basketball player classification. To listen to this audio clip please visit: https://www.pathlms.com/aap/courses/1608
Edward Peter Washabaugh has been awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Award (2016). NSF Fellows are selected based on their potential to become globally engaged knowledge experts and leaders who can contribute
significantly to research, education, and innovations in science and engineering. Peter was selected competitively among 17000 applicants, by a panel of experts for his proposed research work on a novel gait training paradigm for stroke survivors. Specifically, the proposed work involves developing a wearable resistive robotic brace for gait therapy, and performing a series of experiments to (1) test the efficacy of the device versus other methods of resistive gait training, (2) evaluate the device's potential to induce neural plasticity, and (3) evaluate the take home potential and cumulative therapeutic effects of robotic functional strength training. Peter is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Biomedical Engineering under the mentorship of Dr. Chandramouli Krishnan at Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. He is one among two who received the fellowship this year in BME and is the first in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation to earn this distinction. The mission of the University of Michigan Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (http://pmr.med.umich.edu/) is to maximize the health, function and quality of life of individuals with acute and chronic illness and disability in the local and global community throughout their life span through innovative research, education, advocacy and interdisciplinary clinical practice. Peter's work fits well with this mission and we wish him more success in his endeavors!
Dr. Mark Peterson and Dr. Chandramouli Krishnan have been featured by Men's Health in an article titled, "Why Strength Is a Matter of Life and Death." See link to the article below.
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