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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 2017,29 Sep 2018

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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 annual report, both the first and second studies are underway. The first is nearly complete, with 2024 subjects either enrolled or completed. The second has recently begun at Vanderbilt and Mayo Clinic, with 524 subjects enrolled or completed. Overall, the study is approximately one year behind original schedule, due primarily to unexpected delays in the approval processes. All three studies should be completed at full enrollment with an anticipated one-year no-cost extension.

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  • Anatomy and Physiology

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