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REaching and grasping Training based on Robotic hybrid AssIstance for Neurological patients: End users Real life evaluation

Objective

The aim of the RETRAINER proposal is to tune and validate advanced, robot-based technologies to facilitate recovery of arm and hand function in stroke survivors and to verify extensively the use of the system by end-users. RETRAINER will allow the users to use their own arm and hand as much and as soon as possible after the trauma so to achieve the best outcomes in rehabilitation. A continuous iterative process between the technology development and the testing feedback will drive the whole project. RETRAINER will implement a full technology transfer from the results of a previous FP7 project, MUNDUS, aimed at setting up a similar assistive device for severely disabled people in daily life activities.
RETRAINER will make available two systems that could be used either combined or stand-alone. RETRAINER S1 will provide the end-user with a robot that does not completely take over the user’s tasks and substitute the functionality of the body, but specifically supports the user only whenever he/she really needs support. Residual functionality is trained and improved on rather than replaced by the robotic device. Arm movements will be supported by the combined action of a passive exoskeleton for weight relief and Neuromuscular Electrical stimulation (NMES) delivered to several arm muscles in a controlled manner. RETRAINER S2 will exploit a wearable NMES system with multiple arrays of electrodes for hand rehabilitation facilitating the grasping function. Both systems will benefit from use of interactive objects, i.e. daily-life objects able to supply information about themselves to drive usage. Within RETRAINER the same principle and module will be exploited to drive rehabilitation exercises and to monitor daily life.
The systems will undergo a thorough randomized control clinical trial with end users to assess their efficacy in rehabilitation. Certification and qualification of the system will be pursued, given the adequate quality of experimental results.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/basic medicine/neurology/stroke
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/physiotherapy

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2014-1
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

AB.ACUS SRL
Address
Via Francesco Caracciolo 77
20155 Milano
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 192 908

Participants (8)

POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 453 137,50
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 471 000
Address
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
OTTO BOCK HEALTHCARE PRODUCTS GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 377 342
Address
Brehmstrasse 16
1110 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CONGREGAZIONE DELLE SUORE INFERMIERE DELL ADDOLORATA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 353 750
Address
Via Dante 11
22100 Como
Activity type
Research Organisations
ASKLEPIOS KLINIK ALSBACH GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 247 625
Address
Debusweg 3
61462 Koenigstein Im Taunus
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT BERLIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 358 581
Address
Strasse Des 17 Juni 135
10623 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HASOMED HARD-UND SOFTWARE FUER MEDIZIN GESELLSCHAFT MBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 330 487,50
Address
Paul Ecke Strasse 1
39114 Magdeburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)