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Researcher one of five worldwide to receive equipment from De Luca Foundation COVID-19 initiative

University of Dayton assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering Tim Reissman is one of five researchers worldwide, and the only one in the U.S., to receive equipment from the De Luca Foundation’s COVID-19 Donation Initiative. Reissman will use the Trigno Avanti Research+ System to better understand the walking ability of older adults and to develop hip exoskeletons, robotic devices worn around the hips to improve walking. 

"We thank Delsys and the De Luca Foundation for this equipment donation, which will allow our work to expand to include muscle activity analyses of how people adapt to these wearable devices," Reissman said. 

The Trigno Avanti Research+ System has WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities to record data from muscle and nerve cells anywhere, anytime. 

"Each recipient presented compelling projects in their applications, all of which will have a lasting impact on their programs and the biomechanics community at-large," the Foundation said. "Since its inception, the De Luca Foundation has dedicated its resources to serving the biomechanics research community through grants, public education and workshops. COVID-19 has been difficult on many, and as such presented a rare occasion for us to fulfill our commitment to movement science professionals across the world."

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