The National Research Corporation Health selected the NIH Clinical Center as a recipient of its 2017 Excellence Award. The Clinical Center earned the highest ratings in overall satisfaction by patients and their families in the category of Emotional Support, among 426 eligible facilities.
Robotic exoskeleton offers potential new approach to alleviating crouch gait in children with cerebral palsy
With a motor, sensors and electronic-technology-powered brace wrapped around their legs, several pediatric patients participating in a Rehabilitation Medicine clinical trial looked like characters from the movies Iron Man or Transformers – and more importantly, they felt like the superheroes they resembled. The patients, all of whom have cerebral palsy, walked with crouch gait, or excessive bending of the knees. In order to improve their walking, researchers led by staff scientist Dr. Thomas Bulea, created the first robotic exoskeleton specifically designed to treat crouch gait in children with cerebral palsy by providing powered knee extension assistance at key points during the walking cycle.
Mosquitoes beware! Researchers within the Clinical Center began a Phase 1 clinical trial this year to protect humans against mosquito-transmitted diseases.