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John Rogers presents stretchable electronics for stroke therapy at AAAS annual meeting

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A groundbreaking new wearable designed to be worn on the throat could be a game-changer in the field of stroke rehabilitation.

Developed in the lab of Northwestern University engineering professor John A. Rogers, in partnership with Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, the sensor is the latest in Rogers’ growing portfolio of stretchable electronics that are precise enough for use in advanced medical care and portable enough to be worn outside the hospital, even during extreme exercise.

Rogers will present research on the implications of stretchable electronics for stroke recovery treatment Feb. 17 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Austin, Texas. The briefing, “Biomedical Sensors in Service of Society,” will be held at 11 a.m. CST in Room 6, Level 3 of the Austin Convention Center.

Rogers also will discuss his work at the AAAS presentation “Soft Electronics for the Human Body” from 4:30 to 5 p.m. CST Feb. 17, at the AAAS meeting. Rogers’ talk, to be held in Room F of the Austin Convention Center, is part of the scientific session “Biomedical Sensors: Advances in Health Monitoring and Disease Treatment.”

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John Rogers headshot“Stretchable electronics allow us to see what is going on inside patients’ bodies at a level traditional wearables simply cannot achieve. The key is to make them as integrated as possible with the human body.”

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Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Neurological Surgery in the McCormick School of Engineering and the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University

Director of the Center for Bio-Integrated Electronics at Northwestern University


Arun Jayaraman headshot“These sensors are a game changer in the field of rehabilitation because they allow us to monitor patients both in the hospital and in the real world. It allows us to do personalized medicine at its highest level.”

Arun Jayaraman -

Director of the Max Näder Lab for Rehabilitation Technologies and Outcomes Research at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Associate professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Medical Social Sciences, and Physical Therapy and Movement Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine


Leora Cherney headshot“Having a detailed understanding of patients’ communication habits outside of the clinic helps us develop better strategies with our patients to improve their speaking skills and speed up their recovery process. These sensors provide that.”

Leora Cherney -

Scientific chair of the Think + Speak Lab at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Communication Sciences and Disorders in the Feinberg School of Medicine and the School of Communication at Northwestern University

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