Project

Use of a walking assistive ankle foot exoskeleton in the rehabilitation of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to counter reduced exercise capacity

Duration
01 January 2017 → 31 December 2018
Funding
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Biomechanics
    • Orthopaedics
    • Physiology
    • Respiratory medicine
    • Biomechanics
    • Orthopaedics
    • Physiology
    • Respiratory medicine
    • Human movement and sports sciences
    • Rehabilitation sciences
    • Biomechanics
    • Orthopaedics
    • Physiology
    • Respiratory medicine
Keywords
walking   Exoskeleton COPD
 
Project description

Ghent’s University lab was the first ever to reduce metabolic energy cost with an ankle assisting exoskeleton below the cost of walking with normal shoes. The aim of this doctoral research is to optimize exoskeletal assistance to improve walking capacity of patients with COPD by reducing metabolic cost and to implement the exoskeleton in the rehabilitation of COPD patients