Ronald Triolo, professor of orthopaedics and biomedical engineering, received a $502,718 grant from the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity for his work on “A Hybrid Neuromechanical Ambulatory Assist System.”
In this project, Triolo and his team will advance the design of the first-generation prototype hybrid neuromechanical ambulatory assist into a self-contained, portable and independent system suitable for clinical testing outside the laboratory.
The outcome is expected to be a novel intervention for restoring independent, functional mobility to individuals with motor deficits from paralysis, impaired neuromuscular control or muscle weakness. Completion of the project would define a new means to overcome common physical barriers and negotiate uneven terrain, thus enabling ambulation in a wide variety of physical environments.
The study is being conducted in collaboration with the Cleveland Functional Electrical Stimulation Center.