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Technologies to Evaluate and Advance Manipulation and Mobility


Technologies to Evaluate and Advance Manipulation and Mobility (TEAMM) is an engineering research center based at the Center for Bionic Medicine, with collaborators at the University of New Brunswick, Northwestern University, and the University of Notre Dame. Our research focuses on enhancing manipulation (holding and grasping objects) and mobility for individuals with disabilities. 

Disabilities that limit mobility and manipulation affect people of all ages, severely impacting independence, employment, leisure activities, and social interactions. Our goal is to provide the right tools and technologies to enable these individuals to effectively participate in society.

Building technology that is useful and effective requires clinical knowledge and first-hand understanding of issues faced by individuals with disabilities, in addition to research and technological expertise. We believe that successful rehabilitation engineering requires a well-integrated team of clinicians and researchers working closely with the people who will use the technology.

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Related Publications


Reinkensmeyer, David J., Sarah Blackstone, Cathy Bodine, John Brabyn, David Brienza, Kevin Caves, Frank DeRuyter et al. “How a Diverse Research Ecosystem has Generated New Rehabilitation Technologies: Review of NIDILRR’s Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers.” Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation 14, no. 1 (2017): 109.


TEAMM is supported by a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant number 90RE5014-02-00). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this webpage do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

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