Lou Awad, PT, DPT, PhD
Associate Professor
Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College
Physical Therapy

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.

Associate 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.

SCH: Multimodal, Task-Aware Movement Assessment and Control: Clinic to Home
09/30/2019 - 05/31/2024 (Multi-PI)
PI: Lou Awad, PT, DPT, PhD
NIH/National Institute on Aging

Non-Significant Risk (NSR) Device Determination - ReWalk 7 Usability study (CLN0043)
11/23/2022 - 11/23/2023 (PI)
ReWalk Robotics, Inc.

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

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  1. Awad LN, Jayaraman A, Nolan KJ, Lewek MD, Bonato P, Newman M, Putrino D, Raghavan P, Pohlig RT, Harris BA, Parker DA, Taylor SR. Efficacy and safety of using auditory-motor entrainment to improve walking after stroke: a multi-site randomized controlled trial of InTandemTM. Nat Commun. 2024 Feb 08; 15(1):1081. PMID: 38332008; PMCID: PMC10853163; DOI: 10.1038/s41467-024-44791-5;
  2. Spangler J, Mitjans M, Collimore A, Gomes-Pires A, Levine DM, Tron R, Awad LN. Automation of Functional Mobility Assessments at Home Using a Multimodal Sensor System Integrating Inertial Measurement Units and Computer Vision (IMU-Vision). Phys Ther. 2024 Feb 01; 104(2). PMID: 38159106; PMCID: PMC10851845; DOI: 10.1093/ptj/pzad184;
  3. Collimore AN, Alvarez JT, Sherman DA, Gerez LF, Barrow N, Choe DK, Binder-Macleod S, Walsh CJ, Awad LN. A Portable, Neurostimulation-Integrated, Force Measurement Platform for the Clinical Assessment of Plantarflexor Central Drive. Bioengineering (Basel). 2024 Jan 30; 11(2).View Related Profiles. PMID: 38391623; PMCID: PMC10885982; DOI: 10.3390/bioengineering11020137;
  4. Porciuncula F, Arumukhom Revi D, Baker TC, Sloutsky R, Walsh CJ, Ellis TD, Awad LN. Effects of high-intensity gait training with and without soft robotic exosuits in people post-stroke: a development-of-concept pilot crossover trial. J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2023 Nov 07; 20(1):148. PMID: 37936135; PMCID: PMC10629136; DOI: 10.1186/s12984-023-01267-9;
  5. Smayda KE, Campellone T, Taylor SR, Harris B, Ellis TD, Awad LN. Editorial: Digital therapeutics: using software to treat, manage, and prevent disease. Front Digit Health. 2023; 5:1261124. PMID: 37818169; PMCID: PMC10561326; DOI: 10.3389/fdgth.2023.1261124;
  6. Cataldo AVR, Collimore AN, Spangler J, Ribeirinha-Braga L, Hutchinson K, Wang QM, Thompson L, Awad LN. Enhancing Neuroplasticity in the Chronic Phase After Stroke: Effects of a Soft Robotic Exosuit on Training Intensity and Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor. IEEE Open J Eng Med Biol. 2023; 4:284-291. PMID: 38196979; PMCID: PMC10776098; DOI: 10.1109/OJEMB.2023.3313396;
  7. Sloot LH, Baker LM, Bae J, Porciuncula F, Clément BF, Siviy C, Nuckols RW, Baker T, Sloutsky R, Choe DK, O'Donnell K, Ellis TD, Awad LN, Walsh CJ. Effects of a soft robotic exosuit on the quality and speed of overground walking depends on walking ability after stroke. J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2023 Sep 01; 20(1):113. PMID: 37658408; PMCID: PMC10474762; DOI: 10.1186/s12984-023-01231-7;
  8. Quirk DA, Chung J, Schiller G, Cherin JM, Arens P, Sherman DA, Zeligson ER, Dalton DM, Awad LN, Walsh CJ. Reducing Back Exertion and Improving Confidence of Individuals with Low Back Pain with a Back Exosuit: A Feasibility Study for Use in BACPAC. Pain Med. 2023 Aug 04; 24(Suppl 1):S175-S186.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36794907; PMCID: PMC10403307; DOI: 10.1093/pm/pnad003;
  9. Quirk DA, Chung J, Applegate M, Cherin JM, Dalton DM, Awad LN, Walsh CJ. Evaluating adaptiveness of an active back exosuit for dynamic lifting and maximum range of motion. Ergonomics. 2024 May; 67(5):660-673. PMID: 37482538; PMCID: PMC10803634; DOI: 10.1080/00140139.2023.2240044;
  10. Swaminathan K, Porciuncula F, Park S, Kannan H, Erard J, Wendel N, Baker T, Ellis TD, Awad LN, Walsh CJ. Ankle-targeted exosuit resistance increases paretic propulsion in people post-stroke. J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2023 Jun 30; 20(1):85. PMID: 37391851; PMCID: PMC10314463; DOI: 10.1186/s12984-023-01204-w;
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