ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND DISCLOSURE This work was supported in part by a grant from the Irma T Hirschl Trust and the United Cerebral Palsy Research and Educational Foundation to Blythedale Children’s Hospital, Valhalla, NY. HIK was supported by US National Institutes of Health grant R01-HD-045343, by Veterans Affairs grants B3688R and B3607R, and the New York State Spinal Cord Injury Research (NYSCORE).
Robot-assisted task-specific training in cerebral palsy
Article first published online: 3 SEP 2009
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Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology
Special Issue: Adults with Cerebral Palsy: A workshop to define the challenges of treating and preventing the secondary musculoskeletal and neuromuscular complications in this rapidly growing population.
Volume 51, Issue Supplement s4, pages 140–145, October 2009
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KREBS, H. I., LADENHEIM, B., HIPPOLYTE, C., MONTERROSO, L. and MAST, J. (2009), Robot-assisted task-specific training in cerebral palsy. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 51: 140–145. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.2009.03416.x
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST Dr Krebs is a coinventor in the MIT-held patents for the robotic devices used to treat patients in this work. He holds equity positions in Interactive Motion Technologies, Inc., the company that manufactures this type of technology under license to MIT. The remaining authors have no conflicts to declare.
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- Article first published online: 3 SEP 2009
Our goal was to examine the feasibility of applying therapeutic robotics to children and adults with severe to moderate impairment due to cerebral palsy (CP). Pilot results demonstrated significant gains for both groups. These results suggest that robot-mediated therapy may be an effective tool to ameliorate the debilitating effects of CP and provide new opportunities for reducing impairment and improving coordination.