Bioscience

Banner Baywood teams up with ASU in stroke study

April 27, 2009

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: EVLIving.com] – Recovering from a stroke usually requires a long therapy process, and researchers from Arizona State University and Banner Baywood Medical Center are collaborating to look for the most effective rehabilitation techniques.

The Arts, Media and Engineering (AME) program at Arizona State University has devised a new study that is aimed at helping stroke victims improve their motor skills and functional movements with an interactive computer program. “Mixed Reality Rehabilitation” gives patients immediate feedback, with guidance, motivation and encouragement to go through physical exercises correctly. AME is a collaboration between the Herberger College of the Arts and the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering.

The next phase of the research is a partnership between ASU and the Rhodes Rehabilitation Institute at Banner Baywood Medical Center. A scaled version of the system was installed at the medical center in March, and a study involving 30 participants began this month.

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