Thomas Jefferson University Research Magazine



In the United States, someone has a stroke every 40 seconds. Often, these victims have long-term physical disabilities—the inability to use an arm and hand properly, for example. While rehabilitation can restore some function, improvements typically plateau well short of full recovery. Seeking to help stroke patients gain a fuller return-to-function, a research group led by assistant professor of neurology Mijail Serruya, MD, PhD, has begun a clinical trial of a brain implant and motorized robotic brace that could enable greater mobility. The work represents a convergence of disciplines, including computer science, fashion design, mechanical engineering, neurology, physics and rehabilitation medicine.