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: Quantifying the neural, muscular, and functional gait changes following exoskeleton-powered gait rehabilitation in children with CP and other mobility impairments
Abstract: Non-ambulatory children with cerebral palsy (CP) and similar childhood-onset neuromotor conditions face many challenges to fulsome participation in everyday life. Recent initial phase research suggests that physiotherapy paired with use of robotic exoskeletons, such as the Trexo robotic exoskeleton (“The Trexo”; Trexo Robotics, Canada) provides a novel opportunity for children with severe mobility challenges to experience active walking that is individualized to their movement potential (guiding and powering leg movements) and upright support needs. This before-and-after study is assessing the first-time experience of 12 non-ambulatory children (ages 4-6) using the exoskeleton for 6 weeks of twice weekly physiotherapy sessions, and evaluate associated brain, muscle and functional outcomes including accomplishment of individualized goals. To study clinical feasibility, we are simultaneously capturing physiotherapists’ (PTs) and PT assistants’ (PTAs) training/learning/user experiences with the exoskeleton’s first time use within our center’s out-patient program and on-site affiliated school.
Supervisor Name: Dr. Tom Chau
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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