Lou Awad, PT, DPT, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College
Dept of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training

PhD, University of Delaware
DPT, University of Delaware

Lou is an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences in Boston University’s College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College. His research spans the translation continuum and includes studies focused on discovery and evaluation of novel interventions and wearable rehabilitative technology. He is director of Boston University’s Neuromotor Recovery Laboratory (NRL). Research in the NRL is focused on the development and testing of theory-inspired and hypothesis-driven rehabilitation interventions that are informed through multi-modal evaluations of physical functioning across the clinical, biomechanical, and physiological domains. A principal goal for the NRL is to leverage an integrated understanding of biomechanics, neuromotor control, and rehabilitation to develop next-generation interventions and technologies that better the science and art of rehabilitation.

Assistant Professor
Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College
PhD Program in Rehabilitation Sciences

Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College
Neuromotor Recovery Laboratory

Associate Faculty Member
Harvard University Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
Bioinspired Robotics Platform

NRI: INT: Wearable Robots for the Community: Personalized Assistance using Human-in-the-loop Optimization
09/01/2019 - 08/31/2023 (Subcontract PI)
President and Fellows of Harvard College National Science Fdn

SCH: Multimodal, Task-Aware Movement Assessment and Control: Clinic to Home
09/30/2019 - 05/31/2023 (Multi-PI)
PI: Lou Awad, PT, DPT, PhD
NIH/National Institute on Aging

Development, Evaluation, and Translation of Robotic Apparel for Alleviating Low Back Pain
09/26/2019 - 08/31/2021 (Subcontract PI)
President and Fellows of Harvard College NIH NIAMS

Robotic Exosuit Augmented Locomotion (REAL) training in the clinic and community
07/01/2019 - 06/30/2021 (Subcontract PI)
Hansjorg Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard American Heart Assoc

PS100: Post-stroke walking speed and community ambulation conversion, a Pivotal Study
06/25/2019 - 06/25/2021 (PI)
MedRhythms Inc.

Feasibility and preliminary effects on poststroke locomotion of a music-modulating wearable sensor system
08/15/2018 - 08/14/2020 (PI)
MedRhythms Inc.

Billing Agreement for Lou Awad: reNeu Neuroprosthesis
07/01/2019 - 06/30/2020 (PI)
Hansjorg Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard

Task-aware movement assessment: smart control of powered assistive technologies and automated diagnostic testing
07/01/2018 - 06/30/2020 (PI)
American Heart Association

Development of Stroke and MS Specific Soft Exosuits - Billing Agreement for Regina Sloutsky.
03/01/2018 - 06/30/2020 (Subcontract PI)
ReWalk Robotics, Inc. WyssInsBioEngHarvard

NRI: INT: Wearable Robots for the Community: Personalized Assistance using Human-in-the-loop Potimization
09/01/2019 - 03/31/2020 (Subcontract PI)
Hansjorg Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard National Science Fdn

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  1. 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
  2. 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 Nov; 34(11):986-996. PMID: 33040685
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Sloot L, Bae J, Baker L, O'Donnell K, Menard N, Porciuncula F, Choe D, Ellis T, Awad L, Walsh C. O 089 - A soft robotic exosuit assisting the paretic ankle in patients post-stroke: Effect on muscle activation during overground walking. Gait Posture. 2018 Jun 26. PMID: 29983296
  9. 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
  10. 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
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