Posted by Leigh MacKenzie, February 21, 2014
Dr. Alex Mihailidis (Photo: UHN)
Courtesy of UHN Toronto Rehab,
Dr. Alex Mihailidis, senior scientist, Toronto Rehab, is part of a $1.3-million national initiative that will deliver telerehabilitation to the homes of more than 200 people living with stroke in at least 10 Canadian cities – the first step towards improving access to desperately needed stroke-recovery services.
Dr. Mihailidis’ study – one of seven – will test an innovative table-top robot, developed at Toronto Rehab, that delivers physical therapy to move and strengthen weakened arms after stroke. The robot allows two-way communication with a therapist and continuous feedback to the patient.
The telerehab initiative is a joint effort of the Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF) and the HSF Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery.