The APT Center

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APT Center Overview

Picture of display caseThe APT Center is a VA Research Center of Excellence established January 2005 in partnership with Case Western Reserve University . Clinicians, investigators, and staff work together to bring the clinical needs of veterans to the attention of the engineers and scientists pursuing new and emerging technologies in order to apply them for the purposes of reducing disability, improving daily functions, and enhancing quality of life. We are a technical center that designs and builds prototype devices that are clinically meaningful.

We support rehabilitation research by adapting cross-cutting foundational technical platforms to meet specific needs for advanced prosthetic systems, sensory aids, and other clinical applications.

Most grant-supported research concentrates on system development, pre-clinical testing, and clinical studies. The APT Center focuses on other aspects of the device development cycle, specifically:

  • the identification of user needs
  • the generation of new concepts (innovation)
  • the development of new technologies through prototype and intial fabrication stages        
  • By shifting our focus, we are able to provide support to other Centers of Excellence when they need novel technologies or reach the point of technology transfer.   



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Technical Foundations for Clinical Innovations