NIH is participating in the NRI with the National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. NIH has funded three projects with $2.4 million over five years to help develop co-robots that can assist researchers, patients, and clinicians.

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An ankle interface for the assistive ankle robot simulator is being developed at North Carolina State and Carnegie Mellon University.

Credit: Steve Collins, Carnegie Mellon University

This is a prototype of MRI-guided co-robotic catheter that could improve treatments for atrial fibrillation.

Credit: Mark Griswold, Ph.D., and Natalia Gudino, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University

This is a current co-robotic navigation aid prototype used for data collection for preliminary studies.

Credit: Cang Ye, Ph.D., University of Arkansas at Little Rock