This research will focus on the use of a robotic exoskeleton to promote walking recovery after stroke. Stroke is a devastating neurological event which often leads to one-sided weakness and ensuing limitations in mobility. Robotic exoskeletons are a relatively new technology which enables anyone with lower limb weakness to walk, by bracing the legs and moving the limbs in a walking fashion through motorized joints. This research will review the current literature surrounding the use of robotic exoskeletons, determine the efficacy of an exoskeleton-based rehabilitation program, as well as explore the perspectives of stroke survivors and clinicians towards using the device in rehabilitation.
Why did you decide to study at UBC?
UBC hosts some of the leading scientists in Canada in the physiotherapy realm. Vancouver and BC are also home.
What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?
It allows me to conduct clinical research, related to my physiotherapy background.