NSF Grant Supports Networked Clothing for Parkinson’s Disease

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering Kunal Mankodiya, center, and URI students Nicholas Peltier, left, and Matt Constant display smart textiles, wearable items embedded with sensors, electronics and software that can collect data from patients. URI Photo by Michael Salerno Photography

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering Kunal Mankodiya, center, and URI students Nicholas Peltier, left, and Matt Constant display smart textiles, wearable items embedded with sensors, electronics and software that can collect data from patients. URI Photo by Michael Salerno Photography

Ryan Institute faculty member Kunal Mankodiya has received a $525,000 CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation to continue his innovative work on “smart textiles,” garments embedded with sensors and electronics that collect data and relay it to caregivers.

Mankodiya, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Ryan Research Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, has focused on creating gloves, socks, and shoes to aid people with Parkinson’s disease.

Mankodiya is also part of the Ryan Institute’s lifestyle initiative, an interdisciplinary project developing research and outreach to help people make choices that will reduce the likelihood of developing neurodegenerative diseases.

Read more about Mankodiya and the grant at URI Today.

Photo: Michael Salerno