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
BS, Rutgers University

Dr. Lou Awad is a movement scientist and physical therapist. He is the founding director of Boston University’s Neuromotor Recovery Laboratory—a cross-disciplinary research group that works to develop, study, and translate rehabilitation therapies and technologies for people living with walking-related disability, with focus on stroke. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Boston University, with affiliations in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Center for Neurophotonics. He is a founding faculty member of the Harvard Assistive Technology Initiative and is a research faculty member of the Stroke Wellness Institute at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Awad is Associate Editor for leading open access journals at the intersection of rehabilitation and technology, including Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, the IEEE Open Journal of Engineering in Medicine and Biology, and PLoS One. He is a member of the Stroke Rehabilitation Scientific Advisory Board for ReWalk Robotics and serves as Chief Science Advisor for MedRhythms.

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

Development, Evaluation and Translation of Robotic Apparel for Alleviating Low Back Pain
09/01/2021 - 08/31/2024 (Subcontract PI)
President and Fellows of Harvard College NIH NIAMS

Connected software-hardware platform for enabling research, development, and translation of tele-rehabilation of soft robotic systems
09/15/2021 - 06/30/2024 (Subcontract PI)
President and Fellows of Harvard College Mass Tech Collab.

Development and Evaluation of Music-Based Digital Therapeutics
09/28/2021 - 09/28/2023 (PI)
MedRhythms Inc.

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

From post-stroke assistance to rehabilitation: Neuromuscular adaptations to walking with a soft robotic exosuit
08/16/2021 - 08/15/2023 (Key Person / Mentor)
NIH/National Institute of Child Health & Human Development

Supplemental Funding For Robotic Exosuit Augmented Locomotor (REAL) Gait Training
07/08/2022 - 07/08/2023 (PI)
ReWalk Robotics, Inc.

PS100: Post-stroke walking speed and community ambulation conversion, a Pivotal Study
06/25/2019 - 06/30/2023 (PI)
MedRhythms Inc.

Amplifying physical activity through digital music therapeutic in Parkinson disease
06/01/2022 - 05/31/2023 (Multi-PI)
PI: Lou Awad, PT, DPT, PhD
Brandeis University NIH NIA

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

The reNeu propulsion neuroprosthesis for gait restoration after neurological injury
01/01/2022 - 12/31/2022 (Subcontract PI)
Massachusetts General Hospital NIH NIBIB

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  1. 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 Jun 03; 19(1):51. PMID: 35655180; PMCID: PMC9164465; DOI: 10.1186/s12984-022-01034-2;
  2. 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; DOI: 10.1186/s12984-021-00966-5;
  3. 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; PMCID: PMC8587282; DOI: 10.3390/s21216976;
  4. 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; PMCID: PMC8356079; DOI: 10.3389/fnbot.2021.689577;
  5. 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; PMCID: PMC8339561; DOI: 10.3389/fnagi.2021.678525;
  6. 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; PMCID: PMC8360352; DOI: 10.1017/wtc.2020.11;
  7. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33709044; PMCID: PMC7943029; DOI: 10.1016/j.cobme.2021.100272;
  8. 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; PMCID: PMC7579929; DOI: 10.1186/s12984-020-00747-6;
  9. 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
  10. 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; DOI: 10.1186/s12984-020-00700-7;
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