|Overheard at MUSC
Almost 50 Oakbrook Middle School students visited MUSC’s new
neuro-rehabilitation labs in preparation for their statewide FIRST LEGO
competition that has the theme of “The Body Forward.” The students were
among some of the first visitors to get a peek at the lab, which will
have its grand opening in May.
research coordinator, helps Dr. Cameron Nott (not pictured)
demonstrate a robotic arm.
through three stations learning from MUSC research
scientists about the role biomechanics, engineering and robotics play
in post-traumatic injury rehabilitation. They had demonstrations in the
Locomotor Rehabilitation Lab, saw a robotic LEGO arm built by an
MUSC researcher and experienced how an exoskeleton can assist in
Best Good Sport
Embry (in harness) demonstrates the ZeroG, body-weight support
device in the College of Health Professions new neuro-rehabilitation
lab as Dr. Chris Gregory, right, explains its usefulness for stroke
Aaron Embry, research associate, won that title as he allowed himself
to be strapped into a harness on the ZeroG, body-weight support device
to do various demonstrations, including mock falls. Chris Gregory,
Ph.D., and Mark Bowden, Ph.D., showed how physical therapists can use
the device during rehabilitation. The ZeroG is an advanced overground
gait and balance training system. It allows patients to safely practice
intensive physical therapy early in their rehabilitation, a factor
thought to be critical in recovery.
Best Advice Given
When asked by students what subjects will best help them in the future,
Jesse Dean, Ph.D., a biomedical engineer who showed them the
workings of an exoskeleton, told them math.
“Math helps the most. It’s hard to see its relevance now, but it will
affect everything you do.”
Dr. Jesse Dean fits Oakbrook
Middle School student Travis Garipay with a brace to show the
biomechanics involved with walking.
Friday, Feb. 21, 2011