The vision for our Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) is to improve the quality of life for persons who use prostheses and orthoses through creative applications of science and engineering to prosthetics and orthotics (P&O). We want to uncover new knowledge and understanding in P&O and bring more quantification to the field, which we believe will enable us to develop new concepts and devices to improve the quality, cost-effectiveness, and delivery of P&O fittings. During this NIDRR grant cycle, NURERC conducted seven research projects, five development projects, and multiple educational projects that will expand the understanding of the biomechanics of human movement, develop improved devices for people with amputations, and train others in these areas of knowledge.
Research collaborations and educational opportunities exist through associations with multiple university entities, including the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; and the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science. Graduate students working to complete their MS and PhD degrees contribute significantly to our work in research, development, and education.
Find out more about RERC via the links below.