Advances in dynamic imaging technologies are providing unprecedented opportunities to measure tissue mechanics during movement. In this seminar, we will describe dynamic imaging technologies being developed in our lab, and demonstrate their use to investigate clinical and fundamental questions in biomechanics. For example, we will review the use of dynamic MRI to investigate links between ACL reconstructive surgery, cartilage loading patterns and osteoarthritis. We will also describe the use of ultrasound speckle tracking to investigate changes in tendon tissue behavior that may contribute to age-related changes in gait. Finally, we will introduce shear wave tensiometers that can track tendon loads by monitoring shear wave propagation. Application of the tensiometers for investigating the causes and treatment of movement disorders will be discussed. Bio: Dr. Darryl Thelen is the Spangler Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is also the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering. Prof. Thelen’s neuromuscular biomechanics lab develops computational models, novel sensor technologies and dynamic imaging protocols to investigate the structure, mechanics and behavior of musculoskeletal tissues within the human body. Current projects are aimed at improving orthopedic treatments of gait disorders in children, enhancing the precision of total knee joint replacement and investigating factors that may contribute to osteoarthritis following ligament reconstruction. His research has been supported by the NIH, NSF and a number of private companies and foundations. Dr. Thelen received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University in 1987 and his MSE and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1988 and 1992, respectively. He has been on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 2002.
This talk will introduce the research activity carried out at gNEC, CSIC, Spain (http://g-nec.com), which is focused on the development and implementation of research studies that generate a new body of knowledge and develop new technological solutions aimed at the comprehension and control of human biological systems and its relation to the environment. The contribution to these research lines will be illustrated by our developments in three particular scenarios: 1) development of a robotic solution for tremor suppression; 2) development of a robotic platform for the rehabilitation of children with Cerebral Palsy; and 3) development of modular soft lower-limb exoskeleton to assist people with mobility impairments. Bio: Dr. Eduardo Rocon was born in Vitoria, Brazil (1979). He graduated in Electrical Engineering at Universidade Federal do Espiríto Santo (UFES) in 2001. Subsequently he moved to Spain to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid with Prof. A. Barrientos and Prof. J.L. Pons. His Ph.D. thesis (2006), for which he was awarded the Georges Giralt PhD Award (2008), focused on the development of a rehabilitation robotic exoskeleton that provides a means of testing and validating non grounded control strategies for robotic exoskeletons for active upper limb tremor suppression. Dr. Rocon continued his work in tremor suppression and the application of neuroprosthetics and neurorobotics in rehabilitation on a post-doctoral contract from 2006 to 2009. In 2009, Dr. Rocon was awarded with a Ramón y Cajal contract to continue developing his activities (the most competitive and prestigious postdoc contract in Spain). At the age of 30, Dr. Rocon got a tenured researcher position (2010-present) at CSIC. His career has recently been awarded the prestigious Juan Lopez de Peñalver Award of the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering. Dr. Rocon’s multidisciplinary work has contributed to different aspects of robotics, neuroscience and medicine. Dr. Rocon research activities have generated more than 150 publications scientific publication, 1 book, 9 book chapters, and 7 patents.
Effective management of Parkinson’s disease is when the disease is diagnosed early. However, in many cases, people are diagnosed only after the manifestation of their motor symptoms such as tremor, by which time it is often too late for treatment to be effective. The other difficulty is the need for objective quantification of the motor disorder to facilitate monitoring the progress of the disease and the treatment. With ageing population, motor disorder is becoming more common and hence the need for tools that can be used for population based screening. We have developed a multi-modality motor disorder assessment devices that are based on upper and lower limb movement along with the speech of the person to diagnose PD at the early stages. The devices are inexpensive, non-invasive and do not require large infrastructure, thus suitable for population based screening. Bio: Dr. Dinesh Kumar is professor of Biomedical Engineering at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Dinesh research interests are related to medical applications of signals and image processing and the use of machine learning to classify medical signals. He is a member of the expert panel for prosthetic hand control (EU supported committee) and member on Therapeutic Goods Administration the advisory panel to ministry of health for medical devices. Dinesh has also extensive experience in technology translation and been successful with two technology start-up ventures. Dinesh has received over $4 million in research funds over the past 12 years in research funding. He has published over 400 papers and authored 3 books, and has been cited about 4400 times. He is Associate editor for IEEE Transactions for Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering.
This talk will look at medical implant design examples for bone, cartilage, intervertebral discs and ligaments. Examples will be taken from work conducted at the Medical Engineering Research Centre (MERC), University of Manchester and will detail a design and evaluation approach to creating new medical implants and suggest future research approaches Bio: Dr. Glen Cooper is a Lecturer in Bioengineering at the University of Manchester, UK. He has authored/co-authored over 50 publications related to biomechanics and medical device design in for international journals and conferences. His work was nominated for an institution of engineering and technology innovation award and he has over 15 years research experience working for four leading UK universities. His research focuses on design, biomechanics (experimental and computational modelling) and tissue engineering. He is course director of the Masters Program in Mechanical Engineering Design at the University of Manchester, Visiting Professor at the Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia and Deputy Director of the Medical Engineering Research Centre, University of Manchester.
Bio: Dra. Linamara Rizzo Battistella é a atual Secretária de Estado dos Direitos da Pessoa com Deficiência. A Profa. Linamara foi diretora do Instituto de Medicina de Reabilitação do Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da USP (IMREA) por mais de 20 anos. Sua formação: médica fisiatra e professora da Faculdade de Medicina da USP. Possui Doutorado e Livre Docência em Fisiatria, sendo responsável por Disciplinas na Graduação e Pós-Graduação Médica. É coordenadora do Grupo de Trabalho do Comitê de Humanização do Hospital das Clínicas de São Paulo.
Bio: Maria Aparecida de Souza é diretora técnica de Propriedade Intelectual da Agência USP de Inovação desde 2001. Desenvolve atividades de proteção, gestão e orientação em propriedade intelectual à comunidade USP. Participa de diversos cursos de formação em patentes, marcas, gestão, incluindo participação em Seminários e Treinamento Prático em Genebra e Portugal promovidos pela Organização Mundial de Propriedade Intelectual. É API – Agente de Propriedade Intelectual habilitada perante o INPI. Tem especialização em gestão estratégica da inovação tecnológica pela Unicamp. É engenheira química pela Faculdade de Engenharia Química de Lorena (USP), com ênfase me Biotecnologia e é mestre em tecnologia bioquímico-farmacêutica pela Faculdade de Ciências Farmacêuticas de São Paulo (USP).