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Episode #28: Designing Intelligent Braces and Exoskeletons to Facilitate Walking After Paralysis

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Immobility remains a major problem for disabled veterans. Immobility and wheelchair dependence cause degenerative changes in the bones, joints, hearts, lungs, and skin. Dr. Ronald Triolo, Department of Veterans Affairs Senior Research Career Scientist, Case Western Reserve University Professor, Executive Director of the Advanced Platform Technology (APT) Center of Excellence, and Associate Director of the Cleveland Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Center seeks to improve the quality of life for individuals with paraplegia following spinal cord injury through an innovative bracing system that will provide enhanced mobility. The ultimate goal is an articulated thoracic-hip-knee-ankle-foot orthosis that allows users to stand, walk, and climb stairs safely and efficiently with a minimum of effort.

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