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Physiological and Rehabilitation Outcomes: Gains from Automated Interventions in stroke Therapy (PRO GAIT)

Objective

Developments in robotics allow people with profound neuromuscular deficits after stroke to walk with assistance (during the gait cycle) using an exoskeleton robot. Integrating a robotic device with individualised user electroencephalography (EEG /electrical activity in the motor areas in the brain) and EMG (muscle)feedback would allow more physiological and targeted gait parameters in response to effort, and confer neuroplastic training effects including neuromodulation of temporal and spatial features of gait.
Future integration of EEG/EMGsignals with robotic devices will allow patient initiated movement through thought and/or attempted effort, where currently parameters for devices are therapist set and usage is not functionally driven by the patient. Advancement in this regard is stalled primarily because of difficulty in 3D modelling of gait by EEG.
This collaborative consortium through secondments and return and built in knowledge sharing strategies will exchange knowledge and expertise across: Design, development and production of exoskeleton gait devices; neuro-rehabilitation; bioelectric EEG/EMG signal capture and interpretation; mathematical modelling and brain computer interface (BCI) platform development can advance the state of the art in gait rehabilitation after stroke rehabilitation. The proposal will allow development of 3D modelling of gait, for gait restoration and explore integration with robotics from multi-stakeholder perspectives.
Aims:
1. Define current state of the art in EEG modelling of gait post stroke by systematic review and meta-synthesis
2. Complete 3D modelling of gait as visualised gait, overground gait and robotic walking in healthy individuals and stroke survivors
3. Develop and test a virtual reality BCI gait training device, including end-user feedback
4. Explore integration of this prototype with robotic software platforms

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
Net EU contribution
€ 13 500,00
Address
Belfield
4 Dublin
Ireland

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Region
Ireland Eastern and Midland Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (5)

MATER MISERICORDIAE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
Ireland
Net EU contribution
€ 18 000,00
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 27 000,00
Address
Cromore Road
BT52 1SA Coleraine

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Region
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Causeway Coast and Glens
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 13 500,00
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 36 000,00
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova

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Region
Nord-Est Veneto Padova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
G.TEC MEDICAL ENGINEERING GMBH
Austria
Net EU contribution
€ 49 500,00
Address
Sierningstrasse 14
4521 Schiedlberg

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Westösterreich Oberösterreich Steyr-Kirchdorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
CONGREGAZIONE DELLE SUORE INFERMIERE DELL ADDOLORATA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Via Dante 11
22100 Como

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Region
Nord-Ovest Lombardia Como
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Partners (1)

Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

EKSO BIONICS INC
United States
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
1414 Harbour Way South, Ste 1201
94804 Richmond

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 13 500,00