Project Objectives

 The extent of a disability resulting from a traumatic event can vary greatly depending on the type of injury (eg. complete or incomplete) and on its site; in severe cases, the person's sensory and motor functions can be completely compromised, with total or almost total absence of residual motor skills and sensory perception. The young age of those mostly involved (on average less than 35 years), bears the strong need to pursue the development of systems that can restore the autonomy and independence of the person in daily life activities, for a period that covers a long-life expectancy.

The BioARM project aims to improve the motor functions of patients with brachial plexus injury by introducing a novel portable active orthosis able to assist the upper limb in everyday life scenarios.

The BioARM orthosis will consist of numerous innovative modules, which can be integrated according to the patient's needs. Among these, the orthosis, made with additive manufacturing techniques, will be equipped with:

• a functional electrical stimulation system;

• a control system, able to merge the information from motion sensors and bio-signals;

• a wearable system for sensory feedback to provide information on the interaction of the limb with the external environment.

The orthosis modules will allow the development of a useful tool in everyday life scenarios and it will be able to potentially support the rehabilitation process of patients affected by upper limb disabilities.

Start/End Date

11/2020 – 10/2023

Scientific responsibility

Prof. Loredana Zollo

Coordinating institution of the project

Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Institute of BioRobotics (SSSA)

Other participants

Prosthesis center INAIL – Budrio

Source of funding