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Higgins Announces $100,000 in Federal Grant for Lam Design Management’s 3-D Robot Design in Orchard Park
July 26, 2005
Washington, DC—Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced $100,000 in a federal grant for Lam Design Management, LLC located in Orchard Park.  The funding will be used for the development of 3-D Robot Design to overcome arm dysfunction in stroke.  The funding was awarded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
 
“Once again, Western New York is at the forefront of medical research and advances in technology,” said Congressman Higgins.  “Many Americans who have suffered a stroke oftentimes do not receive the services demonstrated to be effective in preventing further deterioration in health from these conditions.  It is essential to sustain research in this area since many first-ever heart attacks or strokes are fatal or disabling.  I applaud the good work of Lam Design Management and know that their innovation will help lead the way in stroke rehabilitation.”
 
Project Director Dr. Julius Dewald from Northwestern University and his colleagues use biomedical engineering approaches to quantify discoordination of the arm after stroke. They are developing novel training programs to enhance motor control of the arm even years after a stroke.  Elimination of the impaired arm’s weight has been shown to significantly improve a subject’s ability to reach with their paretic arm. Using a 3-D Robot will eliminate and progressively reintroduce the weight of a stroke survivor’s arm. 
 
“Using a combination of neuroscience and biomedical engineering we can measure movement disabilities following stroke very precisely and develop targeted interventions that help people who have had a stroke many years ago” says Dr. Dewald.  “We see technology driven and scientifically underpinned interventions as the way of the future in stroke rehabilitation”.
 
More than 60 million Americans have cardiovascular disease or have suffered a stroke, which combined are the leading cause of death and disability in the United States.
 
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