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Bioengineering Researcher Gelsy Torres-Oviedo Awarded Grant to Study Stroke Patients
 
 
 
Gelsy Torres-Oviedo, assistant professor of bioengineering in Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering, recently received a $805,670 CAREER Award by the National Science Foundation to apply a novel approach to improve locomotor learning in stroke patients. 
 
Torres-Oviedo’s lab will record how patients with brain lesions perceive asymmetries in their gait, then measure how their perception is adjusted once their movements are adapted in the split-belt environment. In the second part of this study, the lab will use these data and a unique method to manipulate how people perceive their movement to create the illusion of error-free performance during split-belt walking. The goal is for patients to sustain these movement changes in daily life.
 

The project also aims to increase participation by underrepresented minorities (URM) in science and engineering.

 

Source: University of Pittsburgh

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