Mechanised Orthosis for children with neurological disorders | 2 Mers Seas Zeeën


You are here

Mechanised Orthosis for children with neurological disorders

Priority Axis

Technological and Social Innovation

Specific objective

Technological Innovation

Lead partner

HEI - YNCREA Hauts-de-France

Start Date


End Date


Project budget

7 476 119

ERDF amount

4 431 376

ERDF rate



    Common challenge

    According to Beckhung (2008) 54% of children with Cerebral Palsy (CP) can walk without aids,16% of patients will need assistive devices to walk and 30% are not able to walk at 5 years of age. This means that 46% of CP patients can possibly benefit from innovative technology like exoskeleton, and approximately 4000 children (6500 in EU) below the age of 10. Usual possibilities for adults are hospital or home use. Patients can be brought to a hospital, equipped with exoskeleton rehabilitation devices and staffed with trained medical professionals. In the second option, patients may purchase an exoskeleton device for home use. The patient and the primary caregivers must be trained in the proper equipment operations. Today, for children, mechatronic approaches to stimulate walking are still subject to a lack of international standards, protocols and specific exoskeleton. The common challenge is to contribute to improve the delivery of technological innovation, in the sectors of health.




    Thomas More University of Applied Sciences

    University of Greenwich

    University of Kent

    Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network LTD (KSS AHSN)

    Rehabilitation Center for children and youth Pulderbos

    Kinetic Analysis

    Canterbury Christ Church University

    Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust

    Ortho-Medico nv Benelux

    KU Leuven

    Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux énergies alternatives

    CEA - LETI

    Sint Maartenskliniek