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Rehabilitative Bioengineering Research

We have rapidly emerged as one the strongest programs in Rehabilitative Bioengineering, with a large core of rehabilitation faculty at Marquette and continually growing ties between Marquette University and the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). The Department of Biomedical Engineering at Marquette University offers over 6,000 sq. ft of research space for its research efforts in Rehabilitative Bioengineering.

Key Faculty

Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Engineering

Administered through the Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Engineering Center (OREC), research opportunities exist in motion analysis, orthopaedic biomaterials and rehabilitation engineering. These opportunities are afforded to faculty and students at Marquette University and to faculty, fellows, and residents in the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at MCW. From a clinical perspective, OREC offers solid support for scientific investigation in the areas of orthopaedic biomechanics, biomaterials and histology, human motion analysis, and rehabilitation engineering. The clinical goal of OREC is to advance the quality of patient care in orthopaedic and rehabilitation medicine. In the rehabilitation area, OREC also has exceptional ties to and a collection of grants from the Shriners Hospital in Chicago.

Research in Human Motion Analysis Laboratory

The human motion analysis laboratory is designed to support a broad range of clinical and research oriented projects. Clinically, it is structured to evaluate adult, foot and ankle, pediatric, sports medicine and total joint patients during ambulation and other activities.

Research in Neurorehabilitation

We also have a special strength in neurorehabilitation, with the foundation being the Falk Neurorehabilitation Engineering Research Center . We are also a member of the Midwest Rehabilitation Network [funded by a R24 grant from NIH, centered at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC)], which also focuses on neurorehabilitation. The Neurorehabilitation Center serves research and development (R&D) activities in neurorehabilitation, investigating optimal intervention strategies for movement therapy. R&D activities range from basic science (e.g., neuromuscular adaptive mechanisms) to the development and evaluation of innovative therapeutic intervention strategies. Integral to the FNERC are the Neurorobotic and Neuroevaluation Laboratories, the Neuromechanics Laboratory, and the Telemonitoring and Teletherapy Laboratory. Target populations are stroke and spinal cord injury, and to a lesser extent cerebral palsy and autism. Some projects specific to this area of research are:

Telerehabilitation and Performance Assessment

Research is devoted to developing and putting into clinical practice a range of telehealth technologies and modes for wireline and wireless telecommunications. The primary targets are stroke neurorehabilitation and telecoaching for exercise therapy. A number of devices to be used in assisting with rehabilitation and telerehabilitation include:

Rehabilitation Robotic


Ongoing and recently completed projects in Prosthetics Research:


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