Aims and scope

The main topic of this lab is the study of human locomotion and its neurorehabilitation. The target groups are the major diseases of the central nervous system (Stroke, SCI, Parkinson) and other syndromes that affect human locomotion. The area seeks to advance the sciences of biomechanics, neurophysiology and applications of ICT to design of diagnostic and therapeutic strategies to improve gait recovery processes. It is our primal goal to experimentally demonstrate the key aspects to optimal functional recovery of gait.

The long-term research activities and projects are separated in the following target outcomes:

– Optimization of therapies for recovery of gait function. Humans (healthy and impaired) can be conditioned to modulate neural control for recovery of a function by means of one or a combination of therapies (biofeedback, robotic, neuroprosthetic and/or pharmacologic). Our long-term researches will apply a rigorous approach to find interventions that enhance adaptation, skill acquisition, and ideally, clinical improvement

– Comparative effectiveness research to consolidate evidences and overcome the lack of knowledge and limitations by undertaking clinical studies (large-scale cohort) with human patients to elucidate effectiveness of individual therapies to rehabilitate locomotion addressing the main limiting factors: hommogenoues delivery of innovative therapies, time frame and dose, adequate current and surrogate outcome measures.

– Adaptation of models of human and animal locomotion from biomechanical research for the use on versatile rehabilitation devices. This involves studies to understand how humans learn how to walk with assistive devices (e.g. exoskeletons) in unstructured environments, and after neurological injury.

– Translation of innovative cost-effective treatments through clinical and company-level stakeholders. These activities of the area are devoted to find ways to outsource radical innovation to venture industry.

 

Research Projects

Biomot – Smart Wearable Robots with Bioinspired Sensory-Motor Skills (EU, IFP7-ICT-2013-10-611695)

HYPER – Hybrid NeuroProsthetic and NeuroRobotic Devices for Functional Compensation and Rehabilitation of Motor Disorders (Spain CONSOLIDER, CSD2009-00067)

BETTER – Brain-Neural Computer Interaction for Evaluation and Testing of Physical Therapies in Stroke Rehabilitation of Gait Disorders (EU ICT REFERENCE: EU INFSO-ICT-247935)

 

People

Lab Leaders:
Dr. Juan C. Moreno
Prof. José L. Pons

PhD students, MsD students, staff:
Guillermo Asín (PhD student)
María del Carmen Sánchez-Villamanan (PhD student)

Collaborators:
Antonio del Ama (Postdoc)
Joana Figueiredo (PhD Student)
Paulo Félix (Master Student)