Recent Announcements

RBL at the Academy Meeting - March 11, 2019

Deema Totah, Luis Nolasco, and Dr. Gates recently presented at the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists meeting in Orlando, FL.

Luis Nolasco publishes in Gait and Posture - March 11, 2019

Luis Nolasco, a PhD student in Movement Science, recently published an article exploring the segmental contributions to angular momentum during turning [link]. Congrats, Luis

Deema Totah publishes in Gait and Posture - March 11, 2019

PhD Student, Deema Totah, is interested in the impact of ankle-foot orthosis stiffness on walking mechanics. She recently wrote a comprehensive literature review exploring this relationship. The paper was just accepted in Gait and Posture! See the article here [link]:

Dr. Jeffrey Cowley's published in Experimental Brain Research — Jun 20, 2018

Congratulations to recent Rehab Lab graduate Dr. Jeffrey Cowley as his paper has been published in Experimental Brain Research! The full version of the paper "Influence of remote pain on movement control and muscle endurance during repetitive movements" can be viewed here.

Dr. Deanna Gates invited to speak at Louisiana Tech University — Jan 26, 2018

Dr. Gates presented at Louisiana Tech’s New Frontiers in Biomedical Research Series. The talk was titled “Optimizing Prostheses-User Interaction to Enhance Performance”. For more about this, click here.

Dr. Deanna Gates gives talk at Carnegie Mellon University — Jan 26, 2018

Dr. Gates presented at the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute Seminar Series. Her talk titled "Optimizing Ankle Prostheses to Improve Walking in Transtibial Amputees" can be viewed here.

Emily Gardinier published in Clinical Rehabilitation — Aug 31, 2017

Post Doctoral Fellow Emily Gardinier's paper "A controlled clinical trial of a clinically-tuned powered ankle prosthesis in people with transtibial amputation" has been accepted by Clinical Rehabilitation. The goal of this study was to determine whether there are changes in level walking performance for people using a powered ankle prosthesis (BiOM T2 Ankle). The paper can be found here. Congratulations Emily!

Susannah Engdahl published in PLOS ONE — Aug 31, 2017

Ph.D. student Susannah Engdahl's research article "Factors associated with interest in novel interfaces for upper limb prosthesis control" has been published by PLOS ONE. You can read the full paper here. Congratulations Susannah!

Mafer Larraga presents research at SROP Symposium — Aug 2, 2017

Mafer Larraga is the Rehab Lab's Summer undergraduate from the University of Iowa. During the summer Mafer completed a feasibility study of arm length estimation as a measurement of embodiment. She presented her findings at the Rackham Graduate School SROP Symposium. Great job Mafer!

Dr. Jeffrey Cowley accepts position at UW Platt — May 30, 2017

Recent Ph.D. graduate Jeffrey Cowley accepted a position as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. His appointment starts Fall of 2017. Congratulations Dr. Cowley!

Two students from the Rehab Lab graduate! — May 9, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Jeffrey Cowley for completing his Ph.D. in Kinesiology and to Luis Nolasco for completing his Masters in Kinesiology. Here they are at commencement with lab director Dr. Deanna Gates. Luis will return to the University of Michigan for his Ph.D in Kinesiology. Dr. Cowley is the first student to receive his Ph.D. from the Rehab Lab and wants to work in academia.

Luis Nolasco awarded Rackham Merit Fellowship! — Feb 22, 2017

Luis Nolasco, a Masters student in Kinesiology, received the Rackham Merit Fellowship. The award is for graduate students with diverse backgrounds and educational experiences to help sustain their academic excellence. Congratulations Luis!

Jeffrey Cowley is published in PLOS ONE — Feb 22, 2017

Ph.D. student Jeffrey Cowley's paper "Proximal and Distal Muscle Fatigue Differentially Affect Movement Coordination" was published in PLOS ONE. This study identified significant movement changes in trunk, shoulder, and elbow kinematics after proximal (shoulder) muscle fatigue during repetitive movement. Click here to read the full paper. Congrats Jeff!

RBL featured on the Big10 Network! — Nov 4, 2016

PhD student, Susannah Engdahl and Director, Deanna Gates were recently featured on the Big10 network for their work evaluating upper limb prostheses. See the full story here: VIDEO

UofM News features Dr. Deanna Gates and the Rehab Lab! — Sep 28, 2016

The University of Michigan News published an article about the research the Rehabilitation Biomechanics Laboratory is conducting along with an interview of the lab director Dr. Gates. The article provides insight into the many projects the lab has underway including the research funded by The Department of Defense. Click here to view the full article and discover what the Rehab Lab is all about!

Ph.D. Student Susannah Engdahl Featured in UofM News — Sep 26, 2016

Susannah's personal experience with prosthetic use and her passion for improving current technologies is featured in a story on the University of Michigan's website. The story explains Susannah's use of prosthetics in her life and her area of research. Click here to read the full story!

Audra Davidson Completes Honors Thesis and Presents at Graduation Expo — May 26, 2016

Audra Davidson, a 2016 Movement Science Honors graduate, recently completed her honors thesis and presented her research at the graduation expo. Audra has been a research assistant in the Rehabilitation Biomechanics Lab since 2014 and has been a part of various research projects. Her presentation at the graduation expo highlighted her latest project which assesses activity levels and community integration of people with lower limb amputation. Congratulations to Audra on all of her accomplishments!

Luis Nolasco accepted into the Summer Research Program! — Mar 31, 2016

Luis Nolasco was accepted to the Clinical Research Summer Program through MICHR. This program is designed to introduce students in professional degree programs to clinical research early in their course of study. In this 10-week program, students from the schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, social work, biomedical engineering, public health & kinesiology are exposed to key elements in clinical research through individualized and team-based learning experiences. Congrats to Luis!

Dr. Gates interviewed for FabLabTV — Mar 18, 2016

Recently Dr. Deanna Gates was interviewed for a feature on FabLabTV. The program inspires young females to get involved with science, math, and engineering. The show prides itself on finding the various ways science, tech, and innovation are making the world a better place, and they selected the Rehabilitation Biomechanics Lab to do a story on! Here is a link to the FabLabTV website and click here for a direct link to the video featuring Dr. Gates.

Susannah Engdahl featured in Amplitude Magazine — Mar 8, 2016

Amplitude magazine provides valuable and unbiased news, information, and resources for amputees who want to live more fully, as well as articles and information relevant to their families and their caregivers. Susannah is one of three individuals with limb loss to share their story in this article. It is titled "What Does Thriving Look Like?" and highlights Susannah's personal journey and what thriving in life means to her. Check out the story here, her feature is on page 24.

Older Stories...

Jeffrey Cowley published in Prosthetics and Orthotics International — Mar 7, 2016

Dr. Deanna Gates published in AJOT — Feb 24, 2016

Engdahl published in JNER! — Jun 16, 2015

Recent Article in O&P Edge — Dec 4, 2014

Darren Gordon awarded 2nd place Poster! — Oct 2, 2014

Paper accepted in Experimental Brain Research — Jun 12, 2014

Jessica receives AKA Undergraduate Scholar Award! — Jun 9, 2014

Emily Gardinier awarded Postdoctorate Fellowship! — Jun 2, 2014

Susannah and Jeff receive GCMAS travel awards — May 6, 2014

Susannah Engdahl receives NSF Graduate Fellowship — Apr 21, 2014

Darren Gordon accepted to the Clinical Research Summer Program — Apr 21, 2014

RBL teaches young girls about prosthetics — Apr 21, 2014

RBL receives OVPR grant for prosthetics survey — Apr 21, 2014

RBL receives seed grant for MCubed project — Apr 21, 2014

Deanna Gates interviewed by O&P Business News — Apr 21, 2014