Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation
This thematic series discusses the potential and challenges of robotic assistive technologies. It provides insights on the development and validation through user tests from the first Cybathlon, and further reflects on ethical and social considerations related to the design and application of assistive technologies.
The authors review the scope, achievements, and ongoing projects of an unbiased sample of 19 currently active or recently terminated Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERC). They provide examples of rehabilitation technology innovation produced by the RERCs that illustrate the increasingly diversifying scope and evolving perspective.
Featured review: On neuromechanical approaches for the study of biological and robotic grasp and manipulation
The authors provide an overview of advances (conceptual and material), pitfalls, and open questions on the topic of biological and robotic grasp and manipulation.
Featured review: Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) for improving capacity in activities and arm function after stroke: a network meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials
Using network meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials, the authors found that that cathodal tDCS is the most promising treatment option when tDCS is used to improve ADL capacity and arm function in people with stroke.