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Stroke Robotic Research

 April 3, 2020 | Simon Jenkins

Your support is bringing hope to stroke survivors through the development of robot-assisted physiotherapy treatment. In this video, Professor Martin Levesley explains how the MyPam robot which has been developed at Leeds could supplement the treatment stroke patients receive – and hep them to more quickly regain their movement – and their independence.

Your gifts for the research programme have now topped £82,000 – and are helping Martin and his team work towards starting a programme of clinical trials of the MyPam robot later this year.

Thanks to your generosity, the team was able to recruit undergraduate students to work on this potentially life-changing project over the summer. “They were fantastic,” says Martin. “Three of them delivered a number of new and engaging computer games that will form the basis of the robotic exercises which we will be delivering to stroke patients and a fourth worked on the electronics systems for the MyPAM robot and his designs have now been sent off to be manufactured. We believe that these developments will help to reduce the cost of the robot, making MyPAM much more affordable, and thus more accessible for patients who need physiotherapy.”

Support from alumni like you has not only allowed these students to gain essential experience at this early point of their career, but has also allowed the project to continue to develop with fresh new ideas and enthusiasm – creating a cost-effective system which users will find engaging.