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Louis N Awad, Ph.D.

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Harvard University, Cambridge, MAPostdoc Training08/2016Wearable Robotics and Sensors
University of Delaware, Newark, DEPhD12/2014Biomechanics and Movement Science
University of Delaware, Newark, DEDPT12/2012Doctor of Physical Therapy
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJBS2008Exercise Science

Lou is a physical therapist-scientist with training in neurorehabilitation, biomechanics, wearable sensors, and rehabilitation robotics. His research spans the translation continuum and includes studies focused on discovery and evaluation of rehabilitation interventions and technology. As the founding director of the Neuromotor Recovery Laboratory at Boston University, he leads a cross-disciplinary research group of clinicians, movement scientists, exercise physiologists, and engineers that studies movement dysfunction across the clinical, biomechanical, and physiological levels of impairment. The principal aim of his research is to generate foundational knowledge that informs the development of hypothesis-driven rehabilitation programs. His research group also takes an active role in the development of innovative rehabilitation technology, with the goal of leveraging these advances to enhance the diagnosis and treatment of neurologically-based locomotor dysfunction.

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  1. Swaminathan K, Tolkova I, Baker L, Arumukhom Revi D, Awad LN, Walsh CJ, Mahadevan L. A continuous statistical-geometric framework for normative and impaired gaits. J R Soc Interface. 2022 Nov; 19(196):20220402. PMID: 36321374; PMCID: PMC9627451.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  2. Shin SY, Hohl K, Giffhorn M, Awad LN, Walsh CJ, Jayaraman A. Correction to: Soft robotic exosuit augmented high intensity gait training on stroke survivors: a pilot study. J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2022 Sep 19; 19(1):100. PMID: 36123744; PMCID: PMC9484065.
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  3. Shin SY, Hohl K, Giffhorn M, Awad LN, Walsh CJ, Jayaraman A. Soft robotic exosuit augmented high intensity gait training on stroke survivors: a pilot study. J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2022 06 03; 19(1):51. PMID: 35655180; PMCID: PMC9164465.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  4. Swaminathan K, Park S, Raza F, Porciuncula F, Lee S, Nuckols RW, Awad LN, Walsh CJ. Ankle resistance with a unilateral soft exosuit increases plantarflexor effort during pushoff in unimpaired individuals. J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2021 12 27; 18(1):182. PMID: 34961521; PMCID: PMC8711150.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  5. Arumukhom Revi D, De Rossi SMM, Walsh CJ, Awad LN. Estimation of Walking Speed and Its Spatiotemporal Determinants Using a Single Inertial Sensor Worn on the Thigh: From Healthy to Hemiparetic Walking. Sensors (Basel). 2021 Oct 21; 21(21). PMID: 34770283.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  6. Porciuncula F, Baker TC, Arumukhom Revi D, Bae J, Sloutsky R, Ellis TD, Walsh CJ, Awad LN. Targeting Paretic Propulsion and Walking Speed With a Soft Robotic Exosuit: A Consideration-of-Concept Trial. Front Neurorobot. 2021; 15:689577. PMID: 34393750.
    Citations: 1     
  7. Collimore AN, Aiello AJ, Pohlig RT, Awad LN. The Dynamic Motor Control Index as a Marker of Age-Related Neuromuscular Impairment. Front Aging Neurosci. 2021; 13:678525. PMID: 34366824.
  8. Arens P, Siviy C, Bae J, Choe DK, Karavas N, Baker T, Ellis TD, Awad LN, Walsh CJ. Real-time gait metric estimation for everyday gait training with wearable devices in people poststroke. Wearable Technol. 2021; 2. PMID: 34396094.
    Citations: 1     
  9. von Lühmann A, Zheng Y, Ortega-Martinez A, Kiran S, Somers DC, Cronin-Golomb A, Awad LN, Ellis TD, Boas DA, Yücel MA. Towards Neuroscience of the Everyday World (NEW) using functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy. Curr Opin Biomed Eng. 2021 Jun; 18. PMID: 33709044; PMCID: PMC7943029.
    Citations: 4     
  10. Awad LN, Lewek MD, Kesar TM, Franz JR, Bowden MG. These legs were made for propulsion: advancing the diagnosis and treatment of post-stroke propulsion deficits. J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2020 10 21; 17(1):139. PMID: 33087137.
    Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  11. Hutchinson K, Sloutsky R, Collimore A, Adams B, Harris B, Ellis TD, Awad LN. A Music-Based Digital Therapeutic: Proof-of-Concept Automation of a Progressive and Individualized Rhythm-Based Walking Training Program After Stroke. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2020 11; 34(11):986-996. PMID: 33040685.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  12. Awad LN, Kudzia P, Revi D, Ellis TD, Walsh CJ. Walking Faster and Farther With a Soft Robotic Exosuit: Implications for Post-Stroke Gait Assistance and Rehabilitation. IEEE Open Journal of Engineering in Medicine and Biology. 2020; 1:108-115. View Publication.
  13. Revi DA, Alvarez AM, Walsh CJ, De Rossi SMM, Awad LN. Indirect measurement of anterior-posterior ground reaction forces using a minimal set of wearable inertial sensors: from healthy to hemiparetic walking. J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2020 06 29; 17(1):82. PMID: 32600348; PMCID: PMC7322880.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  14. Awad LN, Esquenazi A, Francisco GE, Nolan KJ, Jayaraman A. The ReWalk ReStore™ soft robotic exosuit: a multi-site clinical trial of the safety, reliability, and feasibility of exosuit-augmented post-stroke gait rehabilitation. J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2020 06 18; 17(1):80. PMID: 32552775.
    Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
  15. Park EJ, Akbas T, Eckert-Erdheim A, Sloot LH, Nuckols RW, Orzel D, Schumm L, Ellis TD, Awad LN, Walsh CJ. A hinge-free, non-restrictive, lightweight tethered exosuit for knee extension assistance during walking. IEEE Trans Med Robot Bionics. 2020; 2(2):165-175. PMID: 33748694.
    Citations: 3     
  16. Awad LN, Kudzia P, Revi DA, Ellis TD, Walsh CJ. Walking faster and farther with a soft robotic exosuit: Implications for post-stroke gait assistance and rehabilitation. IEEE Open J Eng Med Biol. 2020; 1:108-115. PMID: 33748765; PMCID: PMC7971412.
    Citations: 7     
  17. Siviy C, Bae J, Baker L, Porciuncula F, Baker T, Ellis TD, Awad LN, Walsh CJ. Offline assistance optimization of a soft exosuit for augmenting ankle power of stroke survivors during walking. IEEE Robot Autom Lett. 2020; 5(2):828-835. PMID: 33748413.
    Citations: 10     
  18. Awad LN, Hsiao H, Binder-Macleod SA. Central Drive to the Paretic Ankle Plantarflexors Affects the Relationship Between Propulsion and Walking Speed After Stroke. J Neurol Phys Ther. 2020 01; 44(1):42-48. PMID: 31834220.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  19. Awad L, Reisman D, Binder-Macleod S. Distance-Induced Changes in Walking Speed After Stroke: Relationship to Community Walking Activity. J Neurol Phys Ther. 2019 10; 43(4):220-223. PMID: 31449180.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  20. Porciuncula F, Roto AV, Kumar D, Davis I, Roy S, Walsh CJ, Awad LN. Wearable Movement Sensors for Rehabilitation: A Focused Review of Technological and Clinical Advances. PM R. 2018 09; 10(9 Suppl 2):S220-S232. PMID: 30269807; PMCID: PMC6700726.
    Citations: 40     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  21. Bae J, Awad LN, Long A, O'Donnell K, Hendron K, Holt KG, Ellis TD, Walsh CJ. Biomechanical mechanisms underlying exosuit-induced improvements in walking economy after stroke. J Exp Biol. 2018 03 07; 221(Pt 5). PMID: 29361587; PMCID: PMC5868931.
    Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  22. Kempski K, Awad LN, Buchanan TS, Higginson JS, Knarr BA. Dynamic structure of lower limb joint angles during walking post-stroke. J Biomech. 2018 02 08; 68:1-5. PMID: 29325901.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  23. Awad LN, Bae J, Kudzia P, Long A, Hendron K, Holt KG, O'Donnell K, Ellis TD, Walsh CJ. Reducing Circumduction and Hip Hiking During Hemiparetic Walking Through Targeted Assistance of the Paretic Limb Using a Soft Robotic Exosuit. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2017 Oct; 96(10 Suppl 1):S157-S164. PMID: 28777105; PMCID: PMC7479995.
    Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  24. Awad LN, Bae J, O'Donnell K, De Rossi SMM, Hendron K, Sloot LH, Kudzia P, Allen S, Holt KG, Ellis TD, Walsh CJ. A soft robotic exosuit improves walking in patients after stroke. Sci Transl Med. 2017 07 26; 9(400). PMID: 28747517.
    Citations: 98     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  25. Awad LN, Reisman DS, Pohlig RT, Binder-Macleod SA. Identifying candidates for targeted gait rehabilitation after stroke: better prediction through biomechanics-informed characterization. J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2016 Sep 23; 13(1):84. PMID: 27663199.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    
  26. Hsiao H, Awad LN, Palmer JA, Higginson JS, Binder-Macleod SA. Contribution of Paretic and Nonparetic Limb Peak Propulsive Forces to Changes in Walking Speed in Individuals Poststroke. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2016 09; 30(8):743-52. PMID: 26721869.
    Citations: 24     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  27. Palmer JA, Hsiao H, Awad LN, Binder-Macleod SA. Symmetry of corticomotor input to plantarflexors influences the propulsive strategy used to increase walking speed post-stroke. Clin Neurophysiol. 2016 Mar; 127(3):1837-44. PMID: 26724913.
    Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  28. Awad LN, Reisman DS, Pohlig RT, Binder-Macleod SA. Reducing The Cost of Transport and Increasing Walking Distance After Stroke: A Randomized Controlled Trial on Fast Locomotor Training Combined With Functional Electrical Stimulation. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2016 08; 30(7):661-70. PMID: 26621366.
    Citations: 23     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  29. Awad LN, Binder-Macleod SA, Pohlig RT, Reisman DS. Paretic Propulsion and Trailing Limb Angle Are Key Determinants of Long-Distance Walking Function After Stroke. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2015 Jul; 29(6):499-508. PMID: 25385764.
    Citations: 37     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  30. Awad LN, Reisman DS, Wright TR, Roos MA, Binder-Macleod SA. Maximum walking speed is a key determinant of long distance walking function after stroke. Top Stroke Rehabil. 2014 Nov-Dec; 21(6):502-9. PMID: 25467398.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  31. Awad LN, Palmer JA, Pohlig RT, Binder-Macleod SA, Reisman DS. Walking speed and step length asymmetry modify the energy cost of walking after stroke. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2015 Jun; 29(5):416-23. PMID: 25288581.
    Citations: 52     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  32. Awad LN, Reisman DS, Binder-Macleod SA. Do improvements in balance relate to improvements in long-distance walking function after stroke? Stroke Res Treat. 2014; 2014:646230. PMID: 25120939.
    Citations: 3     
  33. Awad LN, Reisman DS, Kesar TM, Binder-Macleod SA. Targeting paretic propulsion to improve poststroke walking function: a preliminary study. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2014 May; 95(5):840-8. PMID: 24378803; PMCID: PMC4160043.
    Citations: 39     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  34. Awad LN, Kesar TM, Reisman D, Binder-Macleod SA. Effects of repeated treadmill testing and electrical stimulation on post-stroke gait kinematics. Gait Posture. 2013 Jan; 37(1):67-71. PMID: 22796242.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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