Robotics Rehabilitation Center Officially Opens Its Doors By Ryan Cardinal, PT, DPT & Tracy A. Dierks, PhD Pg. 2 Department & School News
It’s official! The Motion Analysis Research Laboratory in the Department of Physical Therapy has merged into The Robotics Rehabilitation Center at Riley Hospital . This new and exciting center represents a collaborative effort between Riley Hospital for Children, Clarian Health Partners, and the Indiana University Department of Physical Therapy; made possible by contributions from Robots To The Rescue and the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Indiana. The Center has been in development
Lokomat uses robotic technology in the form of a lower extremity exoskeleton to assist children in performing a normalized walking pattern while their bodyweight is supported over a treadmill. Our robotic center is the only location in Indiana of its kind, and one of the few in the entire Mid-west to offer this treatment. What truly makes our robotics rehab center unique is the research expertise provided within the collaboration by members of the Department of Physical Therapy. Unlike other facilities that house robotic technology, we designed The Center to allow research and clinical care to occur concurrently. The research director for The Center is Dr. Tracy A. Dierks, PhD. He, along with the Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy, Dr. Peter A. Altenburger, PT, PhD, and PhD Graduate Assistant Dr. Ryan Cardinal, PT, DPT, are actively creating research studies to evaluate the effectiveness of the robotic equipment and explore new strategies for rehab. With the addition of the Motion Analysis Research Lab to The Center, we have integrated the technology to fully investigate the potential of robotic- assisted therapy and its application to movement disorders in the pediatric population. Currently, we are involved in a research project on the MIT-Manus robot. The study is a collaborative effort between our robotics center and researchers at MIT, Blythesdale Children’s Hospital in New York, and Rancho Los Amigos in Los Angeles. The study will eventually enroll 90 children with cerebral palsy between 3 testing sites. We are also currently completing extended training on the Lokomat and are piloting with
since the Spring of 2008, culminating with an Open House event on September 2, 2010. The Open House allowed Indiana University personnel along with both Riley and Clarian Hospital clinicians and therapists to see our new Center and observe our new robotic technology in action. The event was a huge success, concluding with stories on the evening news from the major local TV networks.
Dr. Cardinal works with a patient on the Hocoma Lokomat Gait Robot.
Our robotics rehab team established The Center with a goal of becoming a leader in research development and clinical implementation of comprehensive robot-assisted therapy. This therapy is aimed at restoring function in children with neurological, musculoskeletal, and developmental movement disorders. Currently, The Center provides cutting-edge robotics rehab for children with cerebral palsy. We do this through the use of 2 robots; the MIT-Manus Shoulder-Elbow Robot, and the Hocoma Lokomat Gait System Robot. We aim to improve upper extremity function through
patients to develop treatment protocols. These endeavors will provide an important component in implementing robotic treatment in the pediatric population. For more information of the overall clinical design
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using the MIT- Manus. As seen in the picture to the left, patients sit with their arm secured to the robotic-arm and
Dr. Dierks works with a patient on the Hocoma Lokomat Gait Robot at the Open House event.
Dr. Altenburger works with a patient on the MIT-Manus Shoulder-Elbow Robot.
on The Robotics Center and current studies, please contact Dr. Ryan Cardinal at 317-274-0487 or email at recardin@ iupui.edu.
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