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Nov 19 2021

11/19 – Brian D. Schmit, Marquette University & Medical College of Wisconsin

Biomedical Engineering Seminar

November 19, 2021

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


SEO 236


851 S. Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60607, Chicago, IL 60612

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Speaker: Brian D. Schmit, PhD

Hammes Family Endowed Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Marquette University & Medical College of Wisconsin

Title: Novel treadmill environments for rehabilitation of gait

Treadmills provide the means for conducting repetitive walking therapy within a safe environment; however, there are substantial limitations to traditional treadmill therapy. Notably, traditional treadmill training does not sufficiently challenge balance, a critical element of successful community ambulation. It is often implemented at low effort levels, failing to engage the useful exercise pressor response, and traditional treadmill training removes optical flow information that is critical to control of dynamic gait. Here we describe our laboratory’s experience using modifications to the treadmill, using challenging balance environments, high intensity exercise training and virtual reality to accentuate the treadmill training experience. We have used these adjuncts to treadmill stepping for assessment of walking impairments and training in people with spinal cord injury, stroke and multiple sclerosis. There is an immediate opportunity for improving gait rehabilitation outcomes using innovative application of available technologies for treadmill training.


UIC Biomedical Engineering

Date posted

Nov 11, 2021

Date updated

Nov 11, 2021