Trinity ‘SMART Arm’ gives stroke survivors hope

As many as 10,000 Irish people each year have a stroke, and the vast majority of that number cannot currently gain benefit from rehabilitation programmes since they don’t have enough movement left in their damaged arm.

SMART Arm, a device invented by Richard Carson, Professor at the Institute of Neuroscience at TCD, and colleagues in Australia, takes the small remaining movement left in the damaged arm of even the most severely affected stroke survivors and enhances that movement electrically. This opens up the possibility of rehab for all stroke survivors.

The article below was published in The Sunday Times on 29-04-2012