Meeting in 2007 as Irving ‘fellows,’ Petra Kaufmann, MD, (Neurology) and Elisa Konofagou, PhD, (Biomedical Engineering) realized their areas of expertise could merge in a new way and develop a gravity neutral orthotic (GNO) to assist patients with a debilitating disease, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).  Through a CaMPR pilot grant, together with colleagues from their home departments and the Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine, this multidisciplinary research team developed a novel approach that will help individuals with this severe disease accomplish everyday movements most of us take for granted—from scratching one’s nose to waiving ‘hello.’ 

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