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Ambulatory and Non-Ambulatory Benefits of Lower Limb Exoskeleton Use, with and without FES, in Clinical and Community Settings

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Technical Report,30 Sep 2016,29 Sep 2017

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Vanderbilt University Nashville United States

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This research investigates the extent to which regular walking in an exoskeleton will provide mobility, health, and recovery benefits to individuals with spinal cord injury. The research is comprised of three sub-studies. The first investigates prospective benefits while walking in an exoskeleton the second investigates prospective additional benefits when the exoskeleton is supplement with lower limb functional electrical stimulation and the third investigates prospective benefits during home and community use. As of this first annual report, the first study is underway, with two of 24 subjects enrolled. Although all sites have received exoskeleton training and IRB approval, only the Mayo Clinic has received HRPO approval. HRPO review has taken much longer than expected, in part due to an unexpected change in the Human Subjects Protections Scientist at HRPO assigned to review the study.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research

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