Michelle Johnson: Affordably Identify, Assess & Treat Impairment After Brain Injury

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Non-traumatic brain injury due to stroke, cerebral palsy and HIV often result in serious long-term disability worldwide, affecting more than 150 million persons globally; with the majority of persons living in low and middle income countries. These diseases often result in varying levels of motor and cognitive impairment due to brain injury which then affects the person’s ability to complete activities of daily living and fully participate in society. Increasingly advanced technologies are being used to support identification, diagnosis, assessment, and therapy for patients with brain injury. Specifically, robot and mechatronic systems can provide patients, physicians and rehabilitation clinical providers with additional support to care for and improve the quality of life of children and adults with motor and cognitive impairment. This talk will provide a brief introduction to the area of rehabilitation robotics and, via case studies, illustrate how computer/technology-assisted rehabilitation systems can be developed and used to assess motor and cognitive impairment, detect early evidence of functional impairment, and augment therapy in high and low-resource settings.

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