Human-like Robotic Controllers for Enhanced Motor Learning

Technology
Standing/walking/mobility
Online since 5 November 2021, updated 843 days ago

About this trial

This is a trial enrolling individuals with incomplete spinal cord injuries to test two devices intended to improve leg and ankle function — an ankle robot and an exoskeleton (a powered robotic device that assists leg movement). The study focuses on the controllers used to steer the robotic devices and on how movements are affected as participants complete various tasks alone or with another individual. To improve robotic devices, researchers want to understand how the human body moves when interacting with others, whether cooperatively, competitively, or collaboratively. If selected for the trial, participants will be randomly assigned to either test the ankle robot or the exoskeleton. A task will either be performed alone or together with another participant. The study includes healthy volunteers. Final testing will be performed at approximately 5 months.

Included participants

Gender
All
Age
18 - 80 years
Injury level
C1 - S5
  • Severity (AIS)?
  • AIS-C
    AIS-D
    Time since injury
    6 months - 80 years
  • Injury type
  • Traumatic

    Healthy volunteers
    Yes
    C1-S5
    Additionally, participants must
    have the ability to walk more than 10 meters (~33 feet) independently on level ground (assistive devices or bracing is allowed)
    NOT weigh over 220 lbs. (100kg)

    What’s involved

    Type

    Technology

    Details

    10 study sessions with each assistive robot, spanning over an average of 5 months Repeated practice using an ankle robot or a lower limb exoskeleton in different motor tasks Participation in a task either by oneself or together with another study participant Performance of various walking and balance tests that will be assessed at the beginning, middle, and end of the study

    Potential benefits

    Main benefits

    Standing/walking/mobility

    Additional benefits

    General health

    Spasticity

    Good to know: Potential benefits are defined as outcomes that are being measured during and/or after the trial.

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    • Trial recruitment status
    • Recruiting
    • Trial start date
    • 13 Jul 2021
    • Organisation
    • Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
    • Trial recruitment status
    • Recruiting
    • Trial start date
    • 13 Jul 2021
    • Organisation
    • Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

    Wings for Life supports SCITrialsFinder

    Wings for Life has proudly initiated, led and funded the new version of the SCI Trials Finder website. Wings for Life aims to find a cure for spinal cord injuries. The not-for-profit foundation funds world-class scientific research and clinical trials around the globe.

    Learn more