New Treatment Restores Movement to Persons with Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury-Dr. Paul Cordo-08/02/2011 - 8:30am

Event Information
Event Topic: 
New Treatment Restores Movement to Persons with Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury
Event Date: 
08/02/2011 - 8:30am
Event Location: 
Sunnyvale City Council Chambers, 456 West Olive Ave., Sunnyvale, CA
Speaker Information
Event Speaker: 
Dr. Paul Cordo
Event Speaker Title: 
Event Speaker Company: 
AMES Technology
Event Speaker Bio: 

Dr. Cordo is a senior investigator at AMES Technology. For the first 2 decades of his career, his work focused on basic research of reflexive, automatic, and volitional control of movement. Partway through this 20-year period, his interest shifted to the role of proprioception in the control of movement. Technologically,this basic science publications include investigations involving single-unit microneurography, sensorimotor
psychophysics, and kinesiology. His laboratory includes many one-of-a-kind electromechanical devices including limb manipulators, tendon/muscle vibrators (5 different kinds), full-body force plate (for sit-up
research), and axial torsional device (for measuring axial tone). In the mid-1990s, he became interested in rehabilitation research and took the opportunity to translate his basic research findings into clinical
investigations of how to treat more effectively motor disability. He founded a medical device company in 2004, and he is currently bringing to market a new type of robotic device for treating motor disability. His research is now 80% clinical, and he is currently PI of 3 ongoing multi-center clinical studies on therapeutic interventions (“AMES”) for sub-acute stroke, chronic stroke, and chronic incomplete spinal cord injury. He recently received funding to study brain stimulation (rTMS and tDCS) during the application of AMES therapy.Dr. Paul Cordo is a nationally known experts in neuromuscular research at Oregon Health Sciences University. He is also the founder and CTO of AMES Research, which was founded to bring to market an affordable rehabilitation device for stroke victims that has proven efficacy.

Event Details
Event Details: 

Imagine you hit a chuckhole with your car and blow out a tire, throw off the alignment, and damage the power steering mechanism. The car doesn’t drive very well anymore. This is a little like having an injury to your central nervous system (CNS): you can’t move very well anymore, and there are multiple causes of your movement deficit. The conventional physical and occupational therapeutic approach would be to hang a heavy weight from the side of the car opposite to the damage, put a piano dolly under the axle on the damaged side, and drive the car around a lot so it learns how to function with your jerry-rigging and, somehow over time, it fixes itself! Any guesses how well this works?.

In this talk, you will hear about a new approach to physical and occupational therapy to help people recover movement following injury to the CNS. The idea is simple: patch the tire, realign the wheel, recalibrate the power steering and – voilà! The car works just like it used to without even having to test-drive it. To accomplish this for CNS injuries, the situation is the same: find the specific problems (“impairments”), wherever they are, and fix them one-by-one. To do this, we have developed a new therapeutic approach and an electromechanical device (“robotic” in medical jargon) with which to implement this approach. The robotic device doesn’t replace the therapist—it becomes a tool for her/him, first to diagnose the impairments, then to fix them, and finally to measure the progress to know how long to continue the therapy. We plan to bring this device to market in spring 2012, and we expect to change the field of physical therapy with it.