IDS: Increasing the S&I of the Healthcare R&D Process

  • Thursday, July 14, 2022 from 12:00-1:00pm
  • Virtual presentation via BlueJeans at | Meeting ID 361095905
  • Please RSVP by emailing Debra Reese. Please include your full name, email address, and institution/organization. 
  • This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. We will provide instructions on obtaining CME credit for attendance.

Increasing the S&I of the Healthcare R&D Process: The interesting case of rehabilitation devices

Rehab Technology (RT) results from the overlapping influences of academic engineering, clinical practice, industry manufacturing, durable medical distribution and public policy. RT includes two broad categories: 1) Assistive Technology, such as a walker, wheelchair or exoskeleton, which substitutes for or assists with a body function, and 2) Rehabilitative Technology, such as a treadmill or other gym equipment, which helps improve an existing function. In this seminar, we will use powered mobility devices as a model for how the traditional R&D pipeline is failing at every level, and how a user-led process is revolutionizing Rehab Tech with an array of new products and policies. 

James Cole Galloway, PT, PhD FAPTA

Meet the Speaker

Cole Galloway, PT, Ph.D., FAPTA obtained a BS in exercise science from the University of Southern Mississippi, a BS in physical therapy from the Medical College of Virginia, a PhD in Physiological Sciences, Neuromotor Control from University of Arizona, and Post-doctoral fellowship, developmental psychology from the Indiana University.

Cole’s “blue collar futurist” approach guides his interdisciplinary collaborative community work. His personal interests in family, music, comedy and social justice mix with his professional background of rehabilitation, neuroscience, child development, human-machine interaction and open-source culture. R and D work focused on the key role of social mobility in life serves to directly challenge the out-of-date culture of rehabilitation with a highly hopeful set of alternative products and processes. Through the Go Baby Go collective – a 150 chapter research, education and advocacy movement – he invents and studies devices for children and adults with severe mobility issues. His approach of combining high tech and low tech into “go tech” has garnered the interest, funding and awards from the NIH, NSF, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, DOE, and tech industries from medical to toy to auto.
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