Cristina Colon-Semenza Named Ryan Summer Fellow at Sargent College

April 30th, 2018

Cristina Colon-Semenza, PT, MPT, NCS

The Ryan Scholarship provides three months of summer support for a Sargent PhD student engaged in research relevant to the mission of the

Ryan Center. University Trustee and Sargent Dean’s Advisory Board member, Sharon Ryan, and her husband, Bob Ryan, endowed the Ryan Summer Fellowship in 2017.

Colon-Semenza was selected for this scholarship because of her scholarly achievements in the Rehabilitation Sciences program and potential to contribute significantly to physical therapy practice.


Soft Exosuit Research Featured in BU Today

February 20th, 2018

"Lou Awad and Terry Ellis, both Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences assistant professors of physical therapy, are part of the team behind the medical exosuit, a wearable robot that can help people who have had a stroke walk faster, farther, and more safely. Instead of Iron Man’s titanium, it has breathable wraps made from proprietary materials, thin cables, and a series of small motors that help it mimic human muscles and tendons." Read the full article.

9/29/17 - Boston, Massachusetts Portrait of Sargent College Assistant Professors Terry Ellis, left, and Louis Awad. Awad and Ellis are collaborating with Harvard’s Wyss Institute to develop a soft exosuit that will ensure that the critical elements of gait are targeted in people who have sustained a stroke Photo by Dana Smith for Boston University Photography

The Scientist: “Next-Generation Exoskeletons Help Patients Move”

February 1st, 2018

"If they’re both lucky and well-insured, stroke patients get a few weeks of inpatient rehabilitation therapy, says physical therapist Terry Ellis, who collaborates with Walsh and directs the Center for Neurorehabilitation at the Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College. But with limited time, rehabilitation specialists focus on getting patients walking again in whatever way possible, often with the use of a walker, a cane, or a hard plastic 90-degree brace that keeps their weaker foot from 'dropping' as they lift it off the ground to take a step." Read the Full Article. 


Robotic ‘exosuit’ fixes stride after stroke

July 27th, 2017

"'People who have had a stroke have trouble with dorsiflexion, or foot clearance,' says Terry Ellis, a physical therapy professor at the Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College; they have a reduced ability to bend their ankle and lift their foot. When they try to plant their heel on the ground to walk, they instead 'drag their toes and their foot gets caught.' The exosuit counteracts that issue by retracting the cable attached to the shoe’s tongue, applying a small amount of force to bring the toes up. When the wearer needs to take a step forward, the rear cable contracts to ensure their foot pushes off the ground, a movement called plantar flexion." Read the Full Article. 

Terry Ellis Parkinson’s Research Featured in Inside Sargent: “Take One App and Text Me in the Morning”

October 3rd, 2014


"Ellis’s research has shown that exercise can help patients improve their walking ability, strength, and flexibility, and may even slow the disease’s progression. But patients with Parkinson’s aren’t often referred to a physical therapist until years after their diagnosis, when function has begun to decline, Ellis says. Finding someone well versed in the disorder is difficult, especially in more rural areas, and patients’ engagement in exercise typically declines once therapy is over."  

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