Use of robotics in assessing the adaptive capacity of the rat lumbar spinal cord.

@article{Leon2002UseOR,
  title={Use of robotics in assessing the adaptive capacity of the rat lumbar spinal cord.},
  author={Ray D. de Leon and David J. Reinkensmeyer and Wojciech K. Timoszyk and Nicolas J London and Roland R. Roy and V. Reggie Edgerton},
  journal={Progress in brain research},
  year={2002},
  volume={137},
  pages={141-9}
}
We have developed a robotic device that can record the trajectory of the hindlimb movements in rats. The robotic device can also impose programmed forces on the limbs during stepping. In the present paper we describe experiments using this robotic device, i.e. the rat stepper, to determine whether step training improves the locomotor capacity of adult rats that received complete spinal cord transections as neonates. We also determined to what extent the locomotor patterns can be maintained when… CONTINUE READING

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