Western New York lags behind the rest of the world in rehabilitation capabilities.
Announced in June 2021 and slated to open in 2022, Daemen University's Todd & Leslie Shatkin Institute for Mobility Innovation & Technology (IMIT) will become Western New York’s most comprehensive advanced rehab facility of its kind in the region.
Featuring the world’s leading robotic devices and assistive technology, IMIT will help a wide range of people with mobility and walking challenges, specifically addressing the special health needs of the elderly, disabled, chronically ill, disadvantaged, children, and veterans. The Institute will provide:
- The world’s leading robotic devices and assistive technology
- Diagnosis and treatment of neurodegenerative conditions, robotic-assisted gait training, patient education, and research with highly-trained clinicians
- Improved mobility, balance, and walking for people with diminished capacity to move due to a negative health diagnosis or traumatic injury
- Access for individuals, local health care systems, insurers, researchers, colleges and universities, community-based physical therapists, and other clinicians
Hope for people impacted by traumatic injury or a negative health diagnosis.
- Ensure equity in access for underserved and high need populations
- Advance research on optimal usage of assistive technology
- Provide advocacy for post rehabilitation opportunities
- Educate the next generation of AT, PT, PA, MD, RN, MSW and others
- Make Western New York a destination for post rehabilitative care
A Strong Commitment to Community
Daemen’s mission combined with our sustained, collaborative health partnerships contribute to our success as a leader in education, research, and medical treatment. With a demonstrated history of excellence in the allied health sciences since 1974, over 50% of Daemen alumni currently living in WNY majored in health
professions or sciences.
Daemen faculty possess expertise in orthopedics, wound care, motor learning, neurology, vascular injury, and pediatrics.
“IMIT will be a game changer for many,” said Dr. Michael Brogan, dean and senior vice president for academic affairs at Daemen. “By using advanced technologies to improve mobility, balance and performance, IMIT will help people of all ages and abilities achieve optimal outcomes—and become a rehabilitation and training destination in the region.”
Advanced Technology and Proven Outcomes
The world’s leading robotic medical device, known as an exoskeleton, provides highly repetitive, highly intensive physiological gait rehabilitation. This leads to:
- Improved functional mobility, balance, walking capacity, and motor symptoms in people with Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, or following a stroke
- Improved mobility, cardiorespiratory, urinary, musculoskeletal, neuronal, and somatosensory systems for patients with a spinal cord injury
- Improved gait speed and distance for children with cerebral palsy
Uses NASA differential air pressure technology to support low-impact, pain free movement. This means:
- Faster recovery from sports injuries and orthopedic surgeries
- Symptomatic relief for patients with cerebral palsy
- Improved spasticity, muscle strength, coordination, and gait speed in pediatric populations
- Decreased contractures in hip and knee and increased abilities standing, walking, and gait velocity in children with spina bifida
Provides safe support for patients with equilibrium challenges assisting with practice walking, balance tasks, sit-to-stand maneuvers and even stairs.
Additional Equipment will allow for vestibular neurological analysis, movement and balance therapy, and other specialty services.
Thank You to Our Supporters
- The Dr. Todd and Leslie Shatkin Philanthropic Fund
- Odd Fellow & Rebekah Benefit Fund
- Foundation 214
- John R. Oishei Foundation
- Mother Cabrini Health Foundation
- Empire State Development
- The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation
- James H. Cummings Foundation
- The Children’s Guild Foundation
- Garman Family Foundation
- Little-Kittinger Foundation Inc.
Support This Initiative
Interested in supporting the Todd and Leslie Shatkin Institute for Mobility Innovation and Technology (IMIT)?
You can contribute to this important project and help us ensure that rehabilitation capabilities are made accessible to those who need them. Click on the donate now button to contribute and to help us step into the future.