Grace Hoo

Project Coordinator for the Neurorehabilitation and Neural Engineering Lab
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Grace Hoo is interested in the study of alternative strategies to reduce tremor, e.g., in individuals with essential tremor or Parkinson’s disease. She is exploring how sensory stimulation can be exploited to modulate tremor amplitude. She also has an interest in the durable medical equipment ordering workflow and investigating ways to streamline the process, in particular for ordering complex wheelchairs.

Grace earned her biomedical engineering degree in Bioengineering from the University of Chicago, 2013, and is currently pursuing her master’s in Applied Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, anticipated completion in Dec 2022. She currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the Neurorehabilitation and Neural Engineering Lab, led by Dr. José L. Pons, of the Legs + Walking Lab at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.

Location

Shirley Ryan Abilitylab

355 E. Erie

Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Training

    Education

    Credential

    2020 - present
    M.S., Applied Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
    2009 - 2013
    B.S., Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Chicago

Recent Publications

Peripheral electrical stimulation to reduce pathological tremor: a review.
Pascual-Valdunciel A, Hoo GW, Avrillon S, Barroso FO, Goldman JG, Hernandez-Pavon JC, Pons JL
Journal of neuroengineering and rehabilitation
doi: 10.1186/s12984-021-00811-9

Research Interests

  • Sensory-specific peripheral stimulation for tremor management
  • Human-like robotic controllers for enhanced motor learning
  • Real-time neuromuscular control of exoskeletons
  • Robotic interventions for spasticity
  • Wheelchair Seating and Durable Medical Equipment
    Program Evaluation & Quality Improvement Project: Standardization of Durable Medical Equipment Education and Complex Equipment Referrals for Clinicians Working in Inpatient Rehabiliation
    , 2018 - 2022

Collaborating

  • Summer School on Neurorehabilitation (SSNR)
    SSNR provides in-depth education on advanced procedures for neurorehabilitation, covering practical applications based on innovative neuroprosthetics systems, robotic interfaces, & other combinational approaches. (www.summerschoolneurorehabilitation.org), 2022 - present
  • Fourier Intelligence
    Memorandum of Understanding partnership between Shirley Ryan AbilityLaba and Fourier Intelligence. (www.fftai.com), 2020 - present
  • GET2EXCEL
    Global Exo Technology Research, Benchmarking, and Standardization Center of Excellence coordinating world-wide efforts to promote and secure the broadest adoption of Exo Tech by Society. (www.get2excel.org), 2020 - present

Affiliated Lab

Neurorehabilitation and Neural Engineering Laboratory

At the Neurorehabilitation and Neural Engineering Laboratory, the goal of our research is to develop improved intervention strategies for gait rehabilitation. Led by P.I. Dr. Jose Pons PhD.

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Work History

  • 2020 - present
    Project Coordinator
    Neurorehabilitation and Neural Engineering Lab, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
  • 2018 - 2020
    Business Support Manager
    Wheelchair and Seating Center, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab