Laser walker, robotic exoskeleton improve mobility

Care Research

“We are constantly testing, evaluating and investing in new innovations at the Jeff and Diane Ross Movement Disorders Clinic. Our goal is to match new technologies with our clients’ pathologies and to improve people’s quality of life. This past year, we received a research grant from the Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation to develop a laser walker and we have partnered with the University of New Brunswick to test a robotic exoskeleton suit that we believe will help people with degenerative neurological conditions continue walking. We hope to develop new clinical protocols that can be used around the world to help clients walk and move independently and stave off the physical decline experienced with neurological diseases. We are extremely grateful to all of our donors and the funding agencies that allow us to create these innovative solutions for people at Baycrest, all over the province of Ontario, and Canada.”

– Pearl Gryfe, Clinical and Managing Director of the Assistive Technology Clinic and the Jeff and Diane Ross Movement Disorders Clinic

Drawing on the strength of an expert interprofessional team, the Jeff and Diane Ross Movement Disorders Clinic helps thousands of people with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders to live independently in their own homes or comfortably in assisted living communities. The clinic operates in partnership with the Assistive Technology Clinic (ATC), a recognized leader in innovative rehabilitation, and provides progressive medical and rehabilitative care and treatment and is also a source for innovative technologies to help enhance the ability to move, function and improve quality of life. ATC is funded in part by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and a number of generous donors and grants.