The advancement of Robotics technologies is rapidly transforming the Neuro-Rehabilitation world. In the more recent years, there has been a significant trend towards adoption of various robotics especially wearable exoskeleton technology for rehabilitation in the US and Europe.
In this eTalk, Dr Karen Nolan introduces the range of robotics technology now available, the different clinical applications of robotics (with a focus on exoskeleton technology) and the science behind it. She will demonstrate how clinical benefits can be derived using practical case studies and randomized clinical trials of patients with stroke, brain injury and other neurological conditions. Dr Nolan will share ongoing results from clinical research and discuss the implications of such advanced technology for future rehabilitation practice.
Karen J. Nolan, PhD is a Senior Research Scientist in the Center for Mobility and Rehabilitation Engineering at Kessler Foundation, Associate Professor of PM&R at Rutgers NJMS, Clinical Research Scientist at Children’s Specialized Hospital, and Affiliated Faculty of Biomedical Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Dr. Nolan has extensive experience in leading the design and implementation of biomechanical research and strong expertise in balance, gait, rehabilitation robotics, and peripheral motor control. Her research focuses on improving neurophysiological and functional motor recovery through robotic, orthotic and clinical interventions, to begin to understand how the CNS recovers after acute and chronic brain injury. She is currently leading multiple randomized clinical trials to investigate the impact of rehabilitation robotics for recovery of walking function post brain injury through NIH (R01), and industry-sponsored funding.
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