Dennis Louie

Walking recovery after stroke using a robotic exoskeleton

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

In order to enhance my career and interests in physiotherapy and neurological rehabilitation, as well as to pursue an alternative path as a scientist. Conducting clinical research may lead to better outcomes for physiotherapy patients as well as shape the physiotherapy profession.

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.


Learn more about Dennis's research

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.