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Development of kinematic and muscle patterns in preterm infants

Development of kinematic and muscle patterns in preterm infants

Objective

The first weeks and months after birth are critical for early sensorimotor development, with brain injury at this time often resulting in the later development of long-term neurodisabilities such as cerebral palsy. Despite this, the evolution of control patterns in this phase of life has never been systematically studied, due to the technical difficulties associated with accurately measuring infant movements and motor commands. This project will thus:
(i) measure for the first time the full body movements of preterm infants (using dedicated systems to accurately measure the force applied by the infants and their movement as well as high-density EMG);
(ii) identify the infants' movement patterns and their evolution during this critical phase after birth.
This ambitious project is feasible due to the extended expertise in human robotics of the supervisor at Imperial College London and the secondment with a strategic partner at the neonatal medicine department at Kings’ College London. This Marie Curie fellowship will give me a unique opportunity to create an innovative quantitative assessment and understanding of the developing motor function in infants, which has high potential for significant clinical and scientific impacts.
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Coordinator

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB

Address

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41296 Goeteborg

Sweden

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 191 852,16

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 846679

Status

Grant agreement signed

  • Start date

    1 August 2019

  • End date

    31 July 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 191 852,16

  • EU contribution

    € 191 852,16

Coordinated by:

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB

Sweden