May 28, 2015 - The Johns Hopkins Alliance for Science and Technology Development and the University of Maryland, Baltimore Commercial Advisory Board has selected a research project at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Maryland Health Care System as one of two $50,000 Abell Foundation Award for Excellence in Innovation recipients for their ankle robot research, known as Anklebot. Developed by the VA Maryland Exercise and Robotics Center of Excellence, in collaboration with the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Anklebot is an ankle robot used to help improve gait, balance and range of motion in the lower extremities of stroke survivors, while also allowing researchers to study brain plasticity.
"We are pleased and excited that our Anklebot technology has received the Abell Foundation Award for Excellence in Innovation. Many people do not realize that VA investigators have made notable achievements over the past nine decades, achievements such as the nicotine patch and the cardiac pacemaker that have helped to improve the lives of Veterans and many others worldwide," said Dr. Adam M. Robinson, Jr. acting director of the VA Maryland Health Care System. "We are thrilled that the Anklebot is yet another such VA innovation that will eventually benefit stroke survivors everywhere." read more>>>