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Jun 11

Heike Vallery spoke at the International Neurorehabilitation Symposium, Valencia, Spain, about first outcomes of the "Wearable robotic technology to prevent fall-related injuries", which is being developed in MARS3.

Apr 21

A group of undergrad students from the Hebrew Theological College in Chicago came to see the labs at RIC. They saw demos of both the TBI study in the robotics lab and the VR development for stroke in the hand rehabilitation lab.

Apr 6

RJ Anderson was initially trained on how to use the robotic exoskeleton ReWalk as part of the MARS3 study which helped RJ qualify for take-home device. We are currently training multiple participants who might qualify for take-home devices in the future as part of MARS3.

Here are just a few examples of the media coverage we’ve been receiving. Click to see how RIC's integration of research and innovative technology can change the life of a patient.

ABC: “Exoskeleton Helps Paralyzed Chicago Veteran Walk Again”

WTTW: "Walking Again

WGN: “Exoskeleton helps veteran make history”

Feb 20

MARS3 Principal Investigator, Arun Jayaraman, PhD, PT spoke at Harvard Medical School titled From Bench to Bedside: The Long Walk for Robotic Exoskeletons. The lecture centered on the successful reintegration into society following a neurological injury such as spinal cord injury (SCI) or stroke and how it is significantly influenced by the ability to be upright and mobile. Listen to the lecture.


Nov 11

At a TU Delft research exhibition DIG-it!, Heike Vallery and Daniel Lemus presented the outcomes of their MARS3 project on Wearable fall prevention.



Heike Vallery spoke at the 7th International Workshop on Human-Friendly
Robotics in Pontedera, Italy, about “Mechatronic Concepts for Minimalistic Support of Gait and Balance”. The talk centered around her MARS-funded robotic concepts of the present and the previous funding cycle.



NIDRR Researcher to Serve as Editor-in-Chief of JNER
David Reinkensmeyer, PhD, co-principal investigator of the NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Machines Assisting Recovery from Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury for Reintegration into Society (MARS3), was named editor-in-chief for the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation (JNER). JNER provides a forum for researchers and clinicians interested in understanding the way neuroscience and biomedical engineering are continuing to reshape physical medicine and rehabilitation.


MARS KineAssist™ designer Julio Santos featured in the Chicago Tribune.

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Interactive devices are helping people who have had a stroke to regain their motor function.

Rehabilitation: Machine recovery, Nature


Heike Vallery and her colleagues Marc Bolliger (University of Zürich) and Peter Lutz (Lutz Medical Engineering) won the prestigious "euRobotics Technology Transfer Award 2014", with their project "THE FLOAT - Transparent Support for Active 3D Gait Training". The final round and the award ceremony took place on March 13, 2014 at the European Robotics Forum, Rovereto, Italy. For more information


June 26

MARS co-director David Reinkensmeyer to give a keynote at the upcoming ICORR 2013 conference, Seattle, WA, USA.

June 23

The MARS group will present an over view of our centers' outcomes in a special podium session at the upcoming RESNA meeting, Bellevue WA, USA.

April 1

Event: UIC Scholarship of Practice Lecture Series

Sponsor: Illinois Occupational Therapy Association (ILOTA) co-sponsored our presentation as part of OT Month

Title: Virtual Reality Environment Assisting Post Stroke Hand Rehabilitation: Case Report

Presenters: Daria Tsoupikova, Nikolay Stoykov, Kelly O’Neill

Institution: Occupational Therapy University of Illinois at Chicago

1919 W. Taylor Street, AHS bldg, Chicago, IL, 60612

April 5

Research Ethics in-service for SMPP: Informed Refusal

For further information please contact Preya Tarsney, 312-238-1335.


Dr. James Patton has been invited to a “Robot Ethics” discussion at the University of Illinois nursing school.


October 11

Event: Research Seminar

Title: Virtual Reality Environment Assisting Post-Stroke Hand Rehabilitation

Presenters: Daria Tsoupikova, Nikolay Stoykov, Kelly O’Neill

Institution: Department of Physical Therapy, 4th Floor, Room 409,

1919 W. Taylor Street, AHS bldg, Chicago, IL, 60612

Audience: Faculty from Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy, graduate students and clinicians from the UIC hospital.

This research is supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services information:

HHS Grant Award Number: 90RE5010-01-01
HHS CFDA Number: 93.433