Dario Martelli, PhD, a postdoctoral research with Columbia University's Department of Engineering's Robotics and Rehabilitation Laboratory (ROAR Lab), was awarded a 3-year post-doctoral fellowship from the NY State Spinal Cord Injury Research Board.
Dr. Martelli's research, titled "Improving locomotor function after spinal cord injury with a perturbation-based balance training," aims to help patients who have suffered a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) improved balance and safety using their cable-driven robot. The robot, referred to as Active Tethered Pelvic Assist Device (A-TPAD), holds the patient in a standing position over a treadmill using a hip brace. The cables on th A-TPAD, which has the ability to pull the patient's waist in different directions, will apply pulls of different intensities on the patient. The pulls will help the patient improve their balance reactions and increase gait stability.
Over the next 3-years, Dr. Martelli will test the safety and efficacy of the A-TPAD on patients who have suffered SCI.
Visit the ROAR lab website, to learn more about Dr. Martelli's project and the other novel research of the ROAR lab,