Academics

Major in Rehabilitation Sciences
Field of Prosthetics & Orthotics and Assistive Technology

Overview of the field

The "Support for Self-reliance", which is our aim in the Field of Prosthetics & Orthotics and Assistive Technology, not only aims to achieve partial functional improvement, but also supports the elderly and people with physical disabilities so that they may live by themselves in all life scenarios through the utilization of prostheses and welfare devices. This field offers the possibility of analyzing scientific evidence pertaining to the human body, and aims to train highly specialized professionals capable of providing multifaceted support to the targeted individuals in terms of QOL (quality of life) and self-reliance. This is done through collaboration with human resources capable of actually applying the results of research to the creation and adaptation of prostheses and welfare devices, and each type of specialized professional, such as medical doctors, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

Characteristics of the field

We educate human resources who will possess not only production-oriented skills in medicine and welfare devices but also the ability to cooperate in partnership with other types of professionals. We also attach great importance to courses in basic medicine, such as anatomy, biokinematics and bioengineering. In addition to prostheses, courses are also available which offer specialized knowledge on a wide range of welfare equipment and devices.

A wide variety of teaching staff play an active role overseas in the front line

Most professors have experience in international activities (studying abroad, education, activities in NGOs), and can provide proper advice to students interested in conducting activities abroad. In addition, since many of them are involved in writing books in a wide variety of specialties, students too can learn and acquire leading-edge technology and knowledge.

For the first time in Japan

We have opened a course on shoes and gait. Ahead of all graduate schools throughout the country, we have opened a course on "the Human Science of Shoes" in anticipation of the future fusion of expertise in the manufacturing of shoes and prostheses. The course covers everything from the structure and the design of shoes based on human engineering and anatomy to scientific verifications. The purpose is to focus on the relationship between walking shoes and gait.

Facilities

We use state-of-the-art tools made in Germany or in the Netherlands. We are the world's leader in terms of the number of machines and breadth of working space per student.
In our experiments safety is taken fully into consideration. In addition, a large number of devices capable of analyzing body functions in a multifaceted manner are available, such as VICON (3-dimensional motion analysis system,) which is used in gait analyses, expired gas analyzers, and EMG (electromyogram) measurement systems. For this reason, a wide rage of experiments and research can be performed here.

Master's Degree

Master of Rehabilitation Science (M.Rehab.Sc.) in Prosthetics and Orthotics

Examples of research topics

  • Basic and applied research on all prostheses and welfare equipment in general
  • Research on the analysis of dynamic burdens on the body
  • Research on energy consumption by muscles, using rigid-link models and muscle mechanics models
  • Research on wheelchairs and cushions
  • Research on the evaluation and development of welfare equipment for transferring and transporting
  • Research on Universal Design
  • Research on the correlation between welfare technology and space technology
  • Research on welfare equipment in Southeast Asia
  • Research on interactive empowerment in volunteer activities in Southeast Asia
  • Research on the construction and analysis of the National Spinal Cord Injury Database
  • Research on recovery and the complications of strokes
  • Research on the recovery and the complications of spinal cord injuries
  • Research on sports disorders of the lower extremities and on the insoles
  • Research on footwear and gait, from the perspective of shoe medicine and ergonomics
  • Research on the structure of walk with above-knee prostheses
  • Research on the knee joint of above-knee prostheses
  • Research on myoelectric prosthetic hands
  • Research on CAD/CAM systems