Prosthetics and Regenerative Rehabilitation
With advancing battlefield technologies, field medicine and ever-changing arenas of battle, more military personnel are facing multiple limb loss and other related complex issues. The primary goal of this program is to help military personnel lead normal, productive lives and perform activities of daily life that are comparable to people without limb loss. An important secondary goal is to enable the return of affected personnel to active duty status. At the Indiana Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering (ICRME), scientists and clinicians work with government organizations and industry to address pressing military and veteran needs.
Patient Outcomes & Imaging Technologies
Military Population Focused Solutions
Residual limb health is central to the well-being and physical ability of the amputee. Current patient-based research at ICRME employs in-socket diagnostics and imaging to assess limb health. Observations lead to novel mechanistic hypotheses, which in turn inform clinical study design. The program has the ability to monitor and manage limb volume, limb temperature, and other vital health outcomes, which significantly inform advancements in prosthetic technology, resections and performance outcomes.
Research solutions must be informed by end-user and collaborator feedback and market needs. Solutions must have solid commercialization strategies with defined timelines and outcomes. Our focus is to take solutions to people. In that path, optimal industry partnerships represent a major cornerstone. For example, a past project focused on further developing an adaptive socket system that detects in-socket residual limb motion and dynamically adjusts internal socket negative pressure to optimize fit and performance. This VA-funded project developed a product which went to market two years after the inception of the idea and is currently used by veterans.