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Research Interests

Dr Kuiken is now focusing all his energy on research and no longer is seeing patients in clinic.

Dr Kuiken’s research group is Developing a variety of rehabilitation technologies including: An innovative standin Wheelchair, a low cost arm and below knee prosthesis system; developing bionic technologies to improve the function of artificial limbs for people with amputations. one of the main research foci of the lab is developing a technique using surgical nerve transfers to improve the control of motorized prosthese-- a technique called ‘targeted reinnervation’. By transferring the residual arm nerves in an upper limb amputee to spare regions of muscle it is possible to make new signals for the control of robotic arms. This allows simultaneous control of multiple joints in a natural way. The procedure has been very successful in patients with increases in speed of 50- 500%. Similarly, hand sensation nerves can be directed to reinnervate spare skin in or near the residual limb so that when this skin is touched, the amputee feels like their missing hand is being touched including light touch, graded pressure hot/cold, sharp/dull and vibration. This is an exciting pathway to producing true sensory feedback to amputees from their prosthesis. A recent clinical trial showed that TMR reduces Phantom limb and Neuroma pain by about 50%. TMR is expected to become the new standard of care for amputation and is seeing world wide adoption of this innovative surgical technique.

Certifications and Licenses

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Training Experience

1991Internship, Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center (Evanston Northwestern Healthcare)
1992Postdoctoral Fellowship, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
1995Residency, Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)

Education/Academic qualification

MD, PhD, Northwestern University

… → 1990

Keywords

  • Amputation
  • Bioengineering
  • Biophysics
  • Neuroscience
  • Rehabilitation/Therapy

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Grants 2008 2022

Research Output 1986 2019

Design, Development, and Validation of a Lightweight Nonbackdrivable Robotic Ankle Prosthesis

Lenzi, T., Cempini, M., Hargrove, L. J. & Kuiken, T. A., Apr 1 2019, In : IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics. 24, 2, p. 471-482 12 p., 8610176.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Prosthetics
Robotics
Bearings (structural)
Cams
Prostheses and Implants

A novel gel liner system with embedded electrodes for use with upper limb myoelectric prostheses

Reissman, T., Halsne, E., Lipschutz, R. D., Miller, L. A. & Kuiken, T. A., Jun 1 2018, In : PloS one. 13, 6, e0198934.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Artificial Limbs
prostheses
Prosthetics
Upper Extremity
electrodes
Prostheses and Implants
Automated Pattern Recognition
Hand
Artificial Limbs
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)

Custom, rapid prototype thumb prosthesis for partial-hand amputation: A case report

Swartz, A. Q., Turner, K., Miller, L. A. & Kuiken, T. A., Apr 1 2018, In : Prosthetics and Orthotics International. 42, 2, p. 187-190 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Thumb
Amputation
Prostheses and Implants
Hand
Amputees
2 Citations (Scopus)

Design, development, and testing of a lightweight hybrid robotic knee prosthesis

Lenzi, T., Cempini, M., Hargrove, L. J. & Kuiken, T. A., Jul 1 2018, In : International Journal of Robotics Research. 37, 8, p. 953-976 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Knee prostheses
Robotics
Stairs
Testing
Torque