Photo courtesy of the VA

Photo courtesy of the VA

Researchers to use device for Quality-of-Life study with Veterans

Researchers at VA’s Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS) will receive a new, futuristic device to help them study innovative treatment options for traumatic brain injury (TBI), often called the “signature wound” of recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“We are committed to improving patient outcomes by driving valuable research that can lead to wider adoption of cutting-edge therapies for the treatment of TBI,” said Dr. Lisa Brenner, Director, Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC.) “TBI can manifest a host of symptoms from dizziness to paralysis, which can range in severity. We are thankful to SoldierStrong, whose generosity has enabled this research to benefit veterans.”

SoldierStrong, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing advanced medical technologies to veterans, will donate an Ekso™ GT (EKSO) exoskeleton. The Ekso™ GT device, manufactured by Ekso Bionics, is a wearable robotic suit with smart software and works to help patients with lower extremity weakness, such as from a stroke or spinal cord injury, stand and walk during rehabilitation to help them achive optimal functional independence.

“Our service members deserve gold standard care and resources to help them re-acclimate to civilian life following their traumatic tours of duty,” said Chris Meek, co-founder and Chairman of SoldierStrong. “We are very proud to support the VA in their mission to provide the utmost care for our veterans.”

This is the tenth Ekso GT suit that SoldierStrong has donated to VA Medical Centers as part of its commitment to donate a total of eighty suits nationwide.

A donation ceremony is scheduled for January 20th at 10:30 a.m. in the Denver VA Medical Center main auditorium. The ceremony will be followed by a brief demonstration of the exoskeleton by a Veteran Ambassador from Ekso Bionics.   Media interested in attending are asked to please RSVP with Dan Warvi, Public Affairs Officer for VA Eastern Colorado at 303-393-5205 or Daniel.warvi@va.gov.