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The MAL has launched a study entitled “EMG modules as a novel biomarker of basal ganglia plasticity in Parkinson’s disease”. The study funded by the Michael J. Fox Foundation aims to identify specific characteristics of muscle activity that could be linked to changes within the brain that are associated with Parkinson’s disease.

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Assessing the eLEGS Powered Exoskeleton for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury

The eLEGS powered exoskeleton is a device that helps those who have complete or incomplete weakness of both legs after a spinal cord injury, to walk over the ground, to stand and to sit. Ekso Bionics (formerly Berkeley Bionics) has developed this device for use in the rehabilitation setting. The purpose of this study is to assess up to 12 users in the device over a period of up to 5 sessions. We will compare the level and extent of the user’s disability with their ability to use the eLEGS device to establish guidelines for its use in a clinical setting. The users will also evaluate the device for ease of use, comfort, trustworthiness and whether it meets expectations. Dr. Ross Zafonte is the medical expert on the project.