Tuesday, 10 December 2019

10-year anniversary of the Max Näder Center for Rehabilitation Technologies and Outcomes Research

Setting the seal on their continued partnership: Dr Hans Dietl, Dr Todd Kuiken, Dr Rick Lieber, Professor Hans Georg Näder, Dr Andreas Goppelt and Dr Arun Jayaraman (from left to right)

Ottobock and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago set the seal on continued partnership

Since the opening of the Max Näder Center for Rehabilitation Technologies and Outcomes Research as a research lab in 2009, the med-tech company Ottobock has been collaborating with Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. It is one of the most renowned rehabilitation clinics in the USA. Ottobock provides financial support for the biomechanical research projects of the Max Näder research lab. For the ten-year anniversary, Ottobock owner / Max Näders son Professor Hans Georg Näder along with Chief Technology Officer Dr Andreas Goppelt and Science Officer Dr Hans Dietl visited Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in recognition of the partnership, extending it until 2025.

"This is where the unique research efforts and outstanding patient care of Shirley Ryan AbilityLab come together with our innovative products and services in the treatment of people with disabilities," is how Professor Näder explains the partnership.

It goes back to close collaboration between Dr Dietl and Dr Todd Kuiken. Dr Kuiken is a pioneer in treatments with targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR) and the former Director of the Regenstein Foundation Center of Bionic Medicine at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) – the name under which Shirley Ryan AbilityLab operated at the time. Today Dr Goppelt and Dr Arun Jayaraman, research scientist and Director of the Max Näder research lab, are continuing the partnership into the future.

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is home to the Searle Rehabilitation Research Center, the world's largest research centre for rehabilitation. It is where the Max Näder research lab conducts studies on the therapeutic efficiency of prostheses and orthoses. The right to bear the name is based on charitable donations on the part of Ottobock.

Professor Näder, Dr Goppelt and Dr Dietl had the opportunity to see the success of this partnership for themselves during a tour of the hospital and the affiliated Max Näder research lab. Dr Jayaraman presented various current projects to them in the fields of orthotics and prosthetics, exoskeletons and sensor systems with digital applications.

In conclusion, Professor Näder and Dr Rick Lieber, Director of Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, set the seal on the continuation of their partnership in a ceremonial setting: "We look forward to shaping the world of medical technology with numerous new, joint projects." Accompanying research for Ottobock products and treatment concepts will be one of the focal points, with special emphasis on mechatronic prostheses and the C-Brace® as the world's first mechatronic stance and swing phase controlled orthotronic mobility system.

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