Participation Opportunities

The REAR Lab regularly conducts studies that require participants. Please consider contacting us at rearlab@coa.gatech.edu to contribute to one or more of the following research areas:

Monitoring of Assistive Devices in Everyday Life

We are studying how people use their assistive devices (e.g., walker, crutches, cane, wheelchair) in their everyday life. Participation involves researchers attaching sensors to your wheelchair or mobility assistive device and asking you questions about yourself and your assistive device.

Clinical Testing of Mobility and Seating Devices

Periodically, we receive products from a manufacturer or develop products at the Georgia Institute of Technology that are ready for clinical testing. These devices include mattresses, cushions and/or supports typically made of foam, gel, or air, as well as mobility devices such as wheelchairs. Participants are needed to test these devices.

Pressure Ulcer Prevention

We have a number of studies occurring that help us learn how to prevent pressure ulcers. Pressure ulcers are a serious complication for many people who use a wheelchair, so our studies look at many different aspects of pressure ulcers. For example, we study how people in a wheelchair move, how the body responds to movement, and risk factors for pressure ulcer development. We also test devices to detect and monitor pressure ulcers. These studies need many participants, regardless of pressure ulcer history.

CATEA Consumer Network (CCN)

The CCN is a network of older adults and people with disabilities. Members of CCN test new prototypes, products and services in order to improve them. Members may participate in focus groups, field-testing and online and telephone surveys. By signing up and becoming a member of CCN, you will be among the first to preview new developments and provide input to make them more usable and accessible. Learn more about the CCN here.