Department: Rehabilitation Sciences

Department: Rehabilitation Sciences

Soft, Wearable Robot Helps a Person with Parkinson’s to Walk Without Freezing; Quoting Terry Ellis

(1/8/24, ReachMD) Expert Quote: “Because we don’t really understand freezing, we don’t really know why this approach works so well,” said Ellis. “But this work suggests the potential benefits of a ‘bottom-up’ rather than ‘top-down’ solution to treating gait freezing. We see that restoring almost-normal biomechanics alters the peripheral dynamics of gait and may influence […]

Wearable robot tackles Parkinson’s symptoms to aid walking and restore independence; Quoting Terry Ellis

(1/8/24, Institution of Mechanical Engineers) Expert Quote: The symptom is treated with a range of pharmacological, surgical and behavioural therapies – “none of which are particularly effective”, the researchers said. Their work demonstrates the potential of soft robotics to treat the frustrating and potentially dangerous symptom instead. It could allow people living with the disease […]

Robotic suit may help patients with Parkinson’s overcome freezing; Quoting Terry Ellis

(1/8/24, UPI) Expert Quote: “Because we don’t really understand freezing, we don’t really know why this approach works so well,” said researcher Terry Ellis, director of the Center for Neurorehabilitation at Boston University. “But this work suggests the potential benefits of a ‘bottom-up’ rather than ‘top-down’ solution to treating gait freezing,” Ellis continued. “We see that […]

Researchers develop robotic wearable device to improve walking for individual with Parkinson’s disease; Quoting Terry Ellis

(1/9/24, The Engineer) Expert Quote: The symptom is treated with a range of pharmacological, surgical and behavioural therapies – “none of which are particularly effective”, the researchers said. Their work demonstrates the potential of soft robotics to treat the frustrating and potentially dangerous symptom instead. It could allow people living with the disease to regain […]

Robotic Exosuit Can Eliminate ‘Freezing’ That Comes With Parkinsons; Quoting Terry Ellis

(1/8/24, U.S. News & World Report) Expert Quote: “Because we don’t really understand freezing, we don’t really know why this approach works so well,” said researcher Terry Ellis. “But this work suggests the potential benefits of a ’bottom-up’ rather than ’top-down’ solution to treating gait freezing,” Ellis continued. “We see that restoring almost-normal biomechanics alters the […]

Combined Doctor of Physical Therapy/PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences

The Physical Therapy & Athletic Training department offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy/PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences (DPT/PhD) Program for students with exceptional academic promise and strong motivation for a career in research. The program combines clinical training toward the DPT degree with PhD research training in the Rehabilitation Sciences. This combined degree program gives students […]

LaDora V. Thompson, PhD, BS, PT

Scholarly, Research, and/or Practice Interests Age-related changes in muscle health at the cellular level Understanding the underlying cellular mechanisms that explain muscle weakness and dysfunction in order to develop appropriate therapies that will prevent, retard, and reverse these age-related declines Selected Publications Baumann, C.W., Kwak, D., and Thompson, Sex-specific components of frailty in C57BL/6 mice. Aging, (Albany […]

Elliot Lee Saltzman, PhD

Scholarly, Research, and/or Practice Interests Nonlinear dynamics of sensorimotor coordination and control in limb, torso, and speech articulators; Relative timing patterns among functional units of action; Coupling between action and perception, with emphasis on graph-dynamic and parameter-dynamic processes. Courses Taught PT550: Scientific Basis of Human Movement; Instructor This is a lecture course designed to present […]

Cara L. Lewis, PT, PhD

Scholarly, Research, and/or Practice Interests Dr. Lewis’ research focuses on musculoskeletal causes of hip pain and biomechanical analysis of human movement. She uses biomechanical tools to understand the development of hip pain in young active adults and to design targetted intervention programs for patients with hip pain. Dr. Lewis directs the Human Adaptation Lab where […]