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Movement disorders: Where clinics meets engineering

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Being able to move freely and without pain is essential for our quality of life. Nevertheless, for one in eight people this is not natural and effortless. What are the newest inventions were the field is working on? And will we be able to all together set foot into this?

Technological aids will be key to further improve the motor abilities and the independence of persons with a neurological disorder. In the development of these technological aids a close collaboration between clinicians, engineers and academia is needed to assure that the right challenges are being tackled in the right way. In this session we will bring together rehabilitation physicians, who will highlight the need and their wishes to improve the movement of their patients,  and engineers/academics, who will highlight the latest technological developments and how these development could improve the life of patients. After the separate contributions of the speakers we will have lively discussions on how we can further improve the alignment of the needs/wishes and the technological developments.  

The programme

14.00 - 14.10

Welcome & Introduction
Prof.dr. Hans Rietman & Dr. Edwin van Asseldonk

14.10 - 14.25

14.25 - 14.40

14.40 - 14.55

Part 1: Spinal cord Injuries
Arm/hand function in relation to level of cervical spinal cord injury
Drs. Ellen Maas - Roessingh

Get a GRIP: supporting hand function in SCI
Claudia Haarman - Hankamp Rehab / University of Twente


15.00 - 15.15

15.15 - 15.30

15.30 - 15.45

15.45 - 16.00

Part 2: Cerebral Palsy

Clinical aspects CP
Martin Oude Alink - Roessingh

Assessment of movements Bert-Jan van Beijnum - University of Twente

Technological solutions to improve pathological gait in children with CP
Cristina Bayón PhD - University of Twente


The speakers

  • Cristina Bayón PhD

    Cristina Bayón PhD

    • Postdoctoral Researcher
    • University of Twente

    Technological solutions to improve pathological gait in children with CP
    Cerebral Palsy (CP) is the predominant cause of physical disability in childhood. As the result of a non-progressive injury to the central nervous system, individuals with CP experience pathological gait patterns that progress over-time with child’s grow, increasing energy cost of walking and causing pain and joint degeneration.

    In this presentation I will show different technological solutions used to improve pathological gait of children with CP, focusing on robot-based rehabilitation but also on the expansion of novel technologies to daily-life environments.

    I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Biomechanical Engineering at University of Twente. My fields of interest are: Rehabilitation robotics, Cerebral Palsy, Wearable exoskeletons, Human-machine interaction and Gait.

    I doctorated in 2018 at the University Carlos III of Madrid (Spain), where I received the Ph.D. degree with honors (cum laude), awarded by the Economy and Competitiveness Ministry of Spain. My thesis was focused on developing and testing a robotic platform (CPWalker: smart-walker and exoskeleton) for gait rehabilitation and training in children with Cerebral Palsy and similar motor disorders.

    In 2020 I received a VENI grant of the Dutch Research Council NWO to carry out inGAIT project: a light-weight and compact device to improve gait performance of children with Cerebral Palsy in daily life situations.

  • Claudia Haarman MSc

    Claudia Haarman MSc

    • Head of R&D department / PhD candidate
    • Hankamp Rehab / University of Twente

    Get a GRIP: supporting hand function in SCI
    In this presentation we will discuss the development of an innovative robotic hand exoskeleton that supports the weakened hand function of individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). The exoskeleton supports the lateral pinch grip. This frequently used grasp allows patients to complete a wide variety of tasks, including picking up and manipulating objects of different sizes and weights. To support the lateral pinch grip and release of the object, the system actuates the thumb movement.

    MSc. Claudia Haarman is head of the engineering department at Hankamp Rehab with over nine years of experience in biomechanical engineering and exoskeleton development. She received her M.Sc. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Twente, Netherlands (2012), and a Professional Doctorate in Robotics (2016), also from the University of Twente. Currently, she is pursuing a doctoral degree focusing on the development of assistive and rehabilitation exoskeletons for the upper limb.

  • Drs. Ellen Maas

    Drs. Ellen Maas

    • Rehabilitation physician
    • Roessingh

    Arm/hand function in relation to level of cervical spinal cord injury
    A cervical spinal cord injury has a major impact on all aspects of daily life. Limited arm and hand function due to a spinal cord injury increases dependence on caregivers and assistive devices in self-care and daily functioning. Depending on the level of the spinal cord injury the amount of muscles lost varies and thereby the level of independent functioning. Improving of arm and hand function is one of the highest priorities in people with cervical spinal cord injury, along with gaining more control over bladder and bowel function.

    This presentation will discuss which muscle groups are absent depending on the level of spinal cord injury and what the consequences are for the level of functioning of the patient.It also will discuss the main treatment options, including technology, in the rehabilitation of the upper extremity in patients with spinal cord injury.

    Ellen Maas studied medicine at Maastricht University, where she obtained her medical degree in 1999. From 2002 to 2006 she followed her training as a rehabilitation physician in Roessingh. During her training she has conducted research into complications and secondary consequences of the upper extremities in patients with a spinal cord injury. Since 2012, she has been working as a rehabilitation physician in the spinal cord injury department of Roessingh Center for Rehabilitation.

General information
  • When: November 3
  • Time: 14.00 - 16.00
  • How: Live & Digital
  • For whom: All attendees
  • Host: Prof.dr. Hans Rietman & Dr. Edwin van Asseldonk