University of California
Target brain disease(s): Stroke
Project goal: Discover a new therapy approach that can provide stroke survivors with improvements exceeding those of typical rehabilitation therapies.
Project description: With nearly 800,000 stroke victims per year in the United States alone, and advancing acute stroke care, new methods to improve outcomes in the growing stroke survivor population are needed. Difficulty with walking is common after stroke. Despite the best physical therapy, many stroke survivors remain bed bound, wheelchair bound, or regain ability to walk with significant impairment. Dr. Do’s research uses technology that can translate a person’s thoughts into the control of prosthetic devices and can serve as a new form of post-stroke physical therapy. This research can potentially lead to a new therapy approach that can provide stroke survivors with improvements beyond that of typical rehabilitation therapies. Ultimately, such new approaches can help stroke survivors become more independent, improve post-stroke medical care, and reduce the public health care burden.
Funding: Received $130,000 in research funds.