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

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Mechanised Orthosis for children with neurological disorders

Priority Axis

Technological and Social Innovation

Specific objective

Technological Innovation

Lead partner

JUNIA

Date de début

03/01/2019

Date de fin

31/03/2023

Project budget

7 412 176

ERDF amount

4 445 720

ERDF rate

60%

    À propos

    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.

    Main Achievements

    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. 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.This also implies that you need experts with various backgrounds ranging from mechanical design and engineers specialized in control algorithms to physiotherapists and movement scientists in order to build and test a successful exoskeleton. It’s quite hard to find all these experts in one country. The 2 Seas area is fortunate in that it houses a complete cluster of experts.

    Began since one year the project is actually in the conception phase, with a full implication and interaction between the 15 partners (clinicians, technicians and end-users. In fact, conception of an autonomous and secure lower body exoskeleton for children and also a smart garment is currently in progress. We decided to propose 3 mechanical modules one for the ankle foot, one for the hip and one for the knee wich will be assemblied to define the lower limbs exoskeleton. Each module will be test by a clinician teams before beiing integrated in the full exoskeleton. 

    We decided to evaluate the stress and comfort during the test by measuring heart beat and sweat of the child with the smart garment. To validate the efficiency the smart garment, measures will becompared with non textile qualified existing systems.
    Clinicians from United Kindom, Nedeerland and Belgium are making an hard job,so many questions to answer,to propose rehabilitation protocol linked to this new machine. 

    We also began to create a transregional network to transfer technology and related knowledge from research to practical application by partiping to congress linking with research, industry, healthcare professionals and users. A dedicaced web for communication around the projectsite exists.

    Partnership

    Partners

    CENTEXBEL

    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