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BME faculty in the Rehabilitation Engineering area are committed to improving the lives of individuals with disabilities by carrying out transformative research, developing innovative and effective rehabilitation and assistive technologies, translating our new knowledge and technologies to stakeholders (i.e. clinics, biomedical industry, and end users), and educating the next generation of rehabilitation engineering leaders.

Faculty Research in Rehabilitation Engineering includes the study of musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and sensory disorders, alongside the development and translation of bio-inspired prosthetics and orthotics, rehabilitation robotics, neural-machine interfaces, and technologies for fall prevention.


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Franz Lab – Student in Purple Room

There are state-of-the-art facilities in BME that support human movement analysis, study of tissue biomechanics, electrophysiological studies, rapid prototyping, and robotics. Breakthrough innovations and advanced research in the area of Rehabilitation Engineering area is achieved by tight collaborations between BME faculty, including scientists and and engineers in the NC State College of Engineering and clinicians and physical therapists at the UNC School of Medicine as well as other clinical professionals in local hospitals, patients with disabilities, and local industrial partners.