Superior Rehabilitation Technologies for Improved Quality of Life
Conditions like stroke, cerebral palsy, trauma and age-associated diseases can lead to the loss of arm function. For example, among the 300,000 Canadians who live with the effects of stroke, between 55 and 75 percent have arm impairments. The cost of caring for these patients is more than $3.5 billion a year in direct and indirect expenses.
Dr. Carlo Menon, Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Technology, proposes to solve these problems using a unique approach that combines engineering and mechatronics with biomedical research. He and his research team are investigating new rehabilitation methods and technologies, including robotics and wearable sensors, to help individuals regain the use of their arms—or, if improvement is not possible, to live more independently and with better quality of life. The robotic system they are working on will be wearable, lightweight and portable, providing comfort and convenience in hospitals and at home.
Menon’s research will make it easier for those who can benefit from this ground-breaking technology and treatment to access it. This research will be instrumental in improving the lives of Canadians with arm impairments, reducing healthcare costs, and stimulating the Canadian biomedical technology sector.