Research Profiles – Rehabilitation: The Road Back

Dr. Bin Hu is using modified iPods to help Parkinson's patients keep moving

Sometimes, surviving an illness is just the beginning of a patient's struggle.

People who suffer life-threatening medical conditions, from stroke to cancer to degenerative diseases, are often left with physical disabilities. Previously familiar tasks, such as climbing a set of stairs, buttoning a shirt or simply walking, can become monumental challenges.

But there are great advances happening in rehabilitation science. Technologies, both new and old, are helping patients regain lost abilities. And disabilities caused by life-saving yet invasive surgeries may soon be reversible.

The profiles below highlight the work of three CIHR-funded researchers who are helping patients walk the difficult road to recovery.

  • Intelligent Motion: Dr. Alex Mihailidis and his colleagues are harnessing artificial intelligence to design a robotic rehabilitation system for stroke survivors with upper body disabilities.
  • Walking to the Beat: Dr. Bin Hu is using modified iPods to help Parkinson's patients keep moving.
  • Restricted Movement: Dr. Roanne Thomas is studying loss of arm function in breast cancer patients, and how it can be corrected.