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IITM partners with Portescap to develop medical robotics innovation

IITM partners with Portescap

IITM partners with Portescap for medical robotics innovation

IITM partners with Portescap – The Indian Institute of Technology Madras is cooperating with Portescap, a motion technology firm, to develop medical innovation for rehabilitation utilising robots. Christian Medical College (CMC) Vellore, a leading medical institution in Vellore, is also a part of this CSR project. 

The project, which is being coordinated by IIT Madras’ Office of Institutional Advancement, will focus on developing an innovative rehabilitation robot for patients with arm disabilities called AREBO (Arm Rehabilitation Robot). 
 
AREBO is a six-degrees-of-freedom robot that helps people with neurological and musculoskeletal diseases like stroke, arthritis, cerebral palsy, and Parkinson’s disease learn individual joint movements at the shoulder and elbow. This robot’s design allows it to be readily connected to a user’s left or right arm, allowing for safe training. 
 
Such developments, led by Prof Sujatha Srinivasan, Faculty Head, TTK Center for Rehabilitation Research and Device Development (R2D2), IIT Madras, and Prof Sivakumar Balasubramanian, CMC Vellore, increase the quality of life of people with impairments greatly. Therapists can use them to remotely check performance and adjust therapy accordingly. 

IIT Madras has joined with the Institute of Neurosciences in Kolkata on a second project, also sponsored by Portescap, to build a lower limb exoskeleton for ‘Gait Training’ of Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury patients, and the design is in the works. Prof Sourav Rakshit, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Madras, is leading this research. 

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