Dr. Souza Receives Subcontract with San Jose State University

Quantifying biofeedback training and retention effects on functional outcomes in above-knee prosthesis users

The overarching goal driving our proposed clinical trial is to increase the effectiveness of gait retraining by incorporating vibrotactile biofeedback. The central hypothesis of this study is that biofeedback will increase functional outcomes in above-knee prosthesis users immediately following gait training, and that these improvements will persist for a minimum of thirty minutes after the completion of biofeedback training. This hypothesis will be tested with a cohort of 35 above-knee prosthesis users at two sites, with 15 of these collected at UCSF. Richard Souza will serve as site PI with co-investigator Matthew Garibaldi. The study PI is Matthew Leineweber, Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering at San Jose State University.