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Robotic Rehabilitation Device Leads to Honor for Feinstein Institute for Medical Research Scientist

In recognition of his research on the use of technology to restore limb movement following a neurological injury, Dr. Bruce Volpe, MD of The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research was honored as a finalist of the Heritage Healthcare Innovation Award.  The award was presented last week at a luncheon hosted by Heritage Provider Network (HPN) and Crain's Custom Studio, a division of Crain's New York Business.

Dr. Volpe was recognized for his robotic rehabilitation device in the Heritage Research Investigators in Translational Medicine category for “innovators who have most improved the access to and quality of affordable health care in the communities they serve in the greater New York area,” according to the press statement.

Working with collaborators at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Volpe developed robotic assisting devices that are being used at rehabilitation centers around the world as a tool for therapists.  The interactive device moves the paralyzed limb when the patient cannot, while knowing to not assist when the patient can power the movement.

"It is an honor to be recognized by the greater New York health care community for my team's research to benefit stroke survivors and other patients with neurological impairment," said Dr. Volpe. "With the use of technology, we can help patients overcome challenges after stroke and help them bring movement back into their lives."