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Industrial Academic Initial Training Network towards focused treatment of age-related motor symptoms

Objective

Gait and postural control impairments, and falls are ubiquitous among the elderly, and lead to enormous personal, occupational and health care burden. Especially patients with PD are severely affected by the progressive deterioration of these gait and postural control mechanisms. Elucidating mechanisms of age- and disease-related motor control impairments and devising focussed treatment strategies to counteract these symptoms represent major challenges for future research. Moving beyond focuses on the role of supraspinal motor control mechanisms in ageing and PD. It will span the entire spectrum from basic understanding of these mechanisms, over diagnostics to therapeutic applications of supraspinal motor control deficits. In particular, we aim to pursue the following aspects: (i) pathways of the basal ganglia, (ii) balance and postural control, (ii) sensorimotor integration aspects, (iii) fractal properties of gait, (iv) freezing of gait, and (v) central adjustment strategies. We will employ promising diagnostic strategies and tools such as (i) electroencephalography during locomotion, (ii) virtual reality, (iii) body worn movement monitors, and (iv) instrumented movement assessments. Treatment strategies in Moving beyond include (i) therapeutic cues, and (ii) modelling of an individualized training proposal. The network consists of a rare combination of experts from basic and translational research as well as from the industry. They will cover the entire range of expertise necessary and utilize cutting edge technology to educate students and fellows in the complex problem of the impact of supraspinal motor control mechanisms in ageing and PD. The comprehensive inter-sectoral and multidisciplinary training program will comprise a unique set of state of the art scienitific and soft skill training measures pursing general and individually tailored training approaches. Outreach and dissemination activites form a crucial part of Moving beyond.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN
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Coordinator

EBERHARD KARLS UNIVERSITAET TUEBINGEN
Address
Geschwister-scholl-platz
72074 Tuebingen
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 490 321,27
Administrative Contact
Holm Graessner (Dr.)

Participants (8)

KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 259 925,16
Address
Nobels Vag 5
17177 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eva Tegelberg (Ms.)
ROBERT BOSCH HEALTHCARE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 222 068,88
Address
Stuttgarter Strasse 130
71332 Waiblingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sabine Wurzel
MOTEK MEDICAL B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 236 861,46
Address
Keienbergweg 77
1101GE Amsterdam Zuidoost
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Frans Steenbrink (Dr.)
STICHTING RADBOUD UNIVERSITEIT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 236 861,46
Address
Houtlaan 4
6525 XZ Nijmegen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bastiaan R. Bloem (Prof.)
HOCOMA AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 246 086,94
Address
Industriestrasse 4
8604 Volketswil
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andreas Koll (Dr.)
THE FOUNDATION FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT AND HEALTH SERVICES NEXT TO THE MEDICAL CENTER TEL AVIV
Israel
EU contribution
€ 224 613,84
Address
Weizmann Street 6
64239 Tel Aviv
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jeffrey M. Hausdorff (Prof.)
MCROBERTS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 236 861,46
Address
Raamweg 43
2596HN S Gravenhage
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rob Van Lummel (Dr.)
UCL Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Institute for Women’s Health
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 285 056,64
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Malgorzata Kielbasa (Ms.)