CPIRF will award the 2009 Isabelle and Leonard H. Goldenson Technology and Rehabilitation Award to Dr. Hermano Igo Krebs at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and the American Society of Neurorehabilitation Joint Educational Conference on Friday October 9th in Denver, Colorado. This award is presented annually to a scientist for outstanding contributions in the development and use of technology and rehabilitation methodologies that enhance the quality of life for individuals with cerebral palsy and other disabilities and their families. Dr. Krebs joined MIT’s Mechanical Engineering Department in 1997 where he is a Principal Research Scientist and Lecturer – Newman Laboratory for Biomechanics and Human Rehabilitation. He also holds an affiliate position as an Adjunct Research Professor of Neuroscience a Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He is a pioneer in the design, development, and testing of robots used to administer rehabilitation therapy to patients with stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, and acquired brain injury for the improvement of upper and lower extremity function. Hermano Igo Krebs’ team has now focused on robotic devices to help cerebral palsy patients with upper body therapy, and they have also initiated a project to design a pediatric robot for the ankle. Results from three published pilot studies conducted by Dr. Krebs involving 36 children suggest that cerebral palsy patients can greatly benefit from robotic therapy. The studies indicate that robot-mediated therapy helped the children reduce impairment and improve the smoothness and speed of their reaching motions.