The University of Strathclyde in Glasgow is developing a new centre for the development of rehabilitation technologies for those recovering from strokes and other illnesses.
The centre will be named the Sir Jules Thorn Centre for Co-Creation of Rehabilitation Technology.
The name comes from the Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust, which has granted £449,000 to the University’s Biomedical Rehabilitation Engineering Research Group for the new development.
The university revealed that the specialist facility will test and develop new technologies for use both at home and in leisure centres to support individuals in their recovery, with the initial focus on strokes.
Technologies will be co-created with clinicians, while recovering patients will be recruited to test out the innovations and give feedback.
The technology will make use of artificial intelligence and machine learning methods.
Part of the project will also be to work on improving their designs over time, making them more effective and more affordable.
Strathclyde biomedical engineer Philip Rowe said: “The funding will allow us to create an environment for rehabilitation innovation that will welcome hundreds of users for significantly increased, ongoing, meaningful engagement in self-directed rehabilitation.
“We have the capability and expertise to develop and simplify advanced rehabilitation technology so that it is accessible for the whole user community, including older adults and will put users at the centre of their own rehabilitation.
“The ambition is for our centre to produce the technology that will help support these people in their own rehabilitation.
“There is huge potential for industry, research and education and the leisure industry and we are designing this equipment with them in mind.”