The Future of Rehabilitation Robots at Catholic University

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 11:42 am

WASHINGTON (April 10, 2019)—Recent reporting indicates the rehabilitation robot market will grow significantly, from $641 million in 2018 to $6.4 billion in 2025. Catholic University’s Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) is leading the way for students to be involved and prepared for the rapidly growing field.

In fall 2018, the School of Engineering received a $4.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to create the center.

RERC’s mission is to champion innovative rehabilitation technologies that will improve the quality of life for individuals with neurologic impairment. Students both undergraduate and graduate levels have the opportunity to gain firsthand experience in the rehabilitation industry working at RERC.

“I think the RERC will provide me with a diverse network and new opportunities to pursue after I complete my Ph.D. Since this work is so applicable to the real world, I would like to learn about commercializing my research products in order to make them more accessible to patients,” says Rafael Casas, a doctoral candidate working at RERC.

The center is currently working on six research projects collaborating with other institutes, including MedStar Rehabilitation Center, Children’s Hospital, Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University. Students involved in RERC have the chance to work with the experts and researchers from the different institutes.

Research projects include hand exoskeletons for stroke patients; an ankle robotic device for children with cerebral palsy; novel techniques to measure the amount of functional use of the impaired arm post-stroke; studying psychophysical factors affecting limb use of stroke survivors; and more.

To learn more about RERC and the students and faculty involved, please visit HERE