Mr. Babalola, a second-year master's student at Memorial University, combines his background in human physiology and clinical experience in neurophysiology with a passion for technology. Currently conducting clinical research in Dr. Michelle Ploughman's Recovery and Performance Laboratory, he explores the feasibility of using advanced robotics, specifically the Kinarm system, to measure recovery changes in individuals following a stroke. The system combines virtual reality and a robot to record qualitative and quantitative data, offering personalized treatments for faster recovery. The study found that the robot could detect recovery changes that might go unnoticed by human clinical professionals. It was also found that patients enjoyed using the Kinarm, finding it engaging and fun, which is crucial for the continuous repetition required for neurorehabilitation. The project aims to revolutionize rehabilitation approaches in clinical settings, enhancing patient outcomes and contributing to the field of neurorehabilitation, all while having a positive impact on patients' well-being and quality of life.
St. John's, NL