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Traumatic injury or neurological diseases can significantly alter or impair the lifestyle of the afflicted individual. Driven by the needs of potential users, engineers and scientists at the Center for Adaptive Neural Systems in ASU's Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering are designing and developing technology to offset the effects of spinal cord injury, orthopedic injury, Parkinson’s disease and cerebral palsy. Under the leadership of Director James Abbas, the center investigates the effects of trauma and disorders of the nervous system to replace damaged or lost functionality, or to repair the system using advanced adaptive devices and therapeutic techniques.
The center also develops and utilizes new scientific knowledge and engineering technology to address the complex physiological, medical and societal problems presented by neurological disability. Its research agenda is at the intersection between bioengineering, neuroscience and rehabilitation.