Accession Number : ADA318692

Title :   National Rehabilitation Hospital Assistive Technology Research Center,

Descriptive Note : Annual rept. 30 Sep 95-29 Sep 96,

Corporate Author : NATIONAL REHABILITATION HOSPITAL WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Peterson, William ; Bleiberg, Joseph

PDF Url : ADA318692

Report Date : OCT 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 36

Abstract : The Assistive Technology Research Center is responsible for identifying promising technologies within DOD, NASA, and federal labs that may have an impact on the rehabilitation field. The ATRC is responsible for conducting the necessary research to transfer that technology for application to the field of clinical rehab. The Center's work comprises two sections that of Assistive Technology Transfer and Cognitive Studies. During year 2, the ATTP section continued its development in the assessment of unilateral spatial neglect in a virtual reality environment; the development and the evaluation of alternate educational strategies for UNS. The Interactive Rehab Tele-Assistants/Portable Evaluation System software system developed by the ATTP section is now complete and will allow remote access to patient files for clinical assessment. The orthotic projects have been developed and successfully tested both mechanically and clinically. Future research will focus on biomechanical analyses of these devices. In the Cognitive Studies Section, many clinical trials were conducted to determine the efficacy of pharmacologic agents for enhancement of cognition; a consensus conference was held to identify ways to share and generalize research findings from different labs and to adapt the ANAM for alternative uses. The ANAM database is currently in the testing phase and in the future will be expanded to include additional ANAM tasks. The sports concussion studies to assess neuropsychological function after concussion continues and participants have been successfully recruited.

Descriptors :   *COGNITION, *RESEARCH FACILITIES, *REHABILITATION, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, DATA BASES, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, CLINICAL MEDICINE, NEUROLOGY, HOSPITALS, MEDICAL RESEARCH, BIOMECHANICS, PHARMACOLOGY, PSYCHIATRY, BIOFEEDBACK, CONCUSSION.

Subject Categories : Information Science
      Psychology
      Medicine and Medical Research
      Computer Programming and Software

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