FURI | Spring 2019

Upper Extremity Orthotic Medical Device to Facilitate Movement for Individuals with Muscular Dystrophy

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Muscular dystrophy is a group of genetic diseases caused by mutations or abnormal genes that progressively results in weakness in or loss of muscle mass. Due to a degradation of the muscles, individuals have difficulties completing everyday tasks or pursuing hobbies such as trying to put on clothing or attempting to play a musical instrument. There is no cure for muscular dystrophy, but medications or therapy can help manage symptoms or delay muscle degradation. This creates a need to explore and create novel solutions to address daily issues that patients face. The goal of this research project is to create an upper extremity orthotic to facilitate a greater degree of movement.

Student researcher

Ahnaf Fyaz Rahman

Biomedical engineering

Hometown: Gilbert, AZ, United States

Graduation date: Spring 2019