Graduate Seminar Series: Clinical Stream
Graduate Seminar Series for the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (BME). This day is for clinical stream presenters.
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Presentation Title: Feasibility of a Collaborative Robot for Retraining Reaching and Grasping Functions in Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury
Stroke and spinal cord injury (SCI) are causes of neurological disability that prominently affect the upper extremity. Across all ages, these disabilities negatively impact an individual’s quality of life, increase independence, and has an enormous financial implication on both the individuals and the economy.
Rehabilitation is crucial in reducing morbidity and improving functional independence. Robot-assisted therapy (RT) is one of the strategies used to assist individuals within these populations in restoring their lost hand function. However, there is presently no evidence that robot-assisted therapy alone is superior to existing conventional therapies. Our goal is to develop a new application for using robots to retrain reaching and grasping functions of the upper extremity among individuals with stroke and SCI. For this purpose, the UR5e collaborative robot will be used alongside objects in the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – Hand Function Test (TRI-HFT) to assist individuals perform various activities of daily living and to see if this approach will be efficient in making robot-assisted therapy more effective than other conventional therapies for upper extremity rehabilitation.
Supervisor Name: Dr. Milos Popovic and Dr. Cesar Marquez-Chin
Year of Study: 2
Program of Study: PhD
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89610372821?pwd=azd4SCtYVWtreVovaGNPV1c2NGY2Zz09
Meeting ID: 896 1037 2821
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