Step Into the Future with Daemen University

IMIT Center RenderingSlated to open in summer 2022, Daemen University’s Institute for Mobility Innovation & Technology (IMIT) will provide WNY with a state-of-the-art facility devoted to diagnosis and treatment of neurodegenerative and orthopaedic conditions, robotic-assisted gait training, research, and education for students, professionals, patients, and their caregivers. IMIT is led by Michael Brogan, DPT, PhD, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of the University, and Laura Edsberg, PhD, professor and director of the Natural and Health Sciences Research Center.

IMIT will transform rehabilitation services for people impacted by stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and other neurological, pediatric, and orthopaedic conditions. Featuring the world’s leading robotic devices, IMIT will optimize health and mobility outcomes by providing people with advanced therapy and a continuum of care following acute rehabilitation. Research indicates the following improvements with robotic-assisted gait training and other advanced assistive technology:

  • Functional mobility, walking capacity, and motor symptoms in people with Parkinson’s disease
  • Walking velocity and walking distance for people with multiple sclerosis
  • Balance and normal gait patterns following a stroke
  • Cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal, somatosensory, and other systems for patients with a spinal cord injury
  • Gait speed and distance for children with cerebral palsy

Our vision:

  • Hope for people impacted by traumatic injury or negative health diagnosis n Access to cutting edge equipment
  • Advance research on optimal usage of assistive technology
  • Advocacy for post-rehabilitation coverage
  • Equity in access for high-need populations
  • Educate the next generation
  • WNY becomes a destination for post rehabilitative care

As a collaborative community resource, IMIT will positively impact people with debilitating conditions and devastating injuries and their caregivers, students who will carry cutting-edge skills forward, researchers who will advance scientific knowledge, and health providers seeking the best care for their patients.