Robotics in Upper Limb Rehab Webinar



Robotics in Upper Limb Rehab: A review of clinical benefits, current research and barriers to implementation

The high demand for neurorehabilitation has stimulated interest in using technology-assisted systems with the intention to decrease the therapist's workload and to facilitate training with minimal supervision at an affordable cost without compromising the outcomes. Different types of technology-based solutions have been proposed and tested in recent decades which have substantially enhanced our understanding of the neurorehabilitation process. Although many questions remain unanswered, some general aspects should be considered while choosing technology-assisted systems for upper limb rehabilitation.

Uptake of new technologies into routine clinical practice has been slower than uptake into research. However, an increasing number of rehabilitation facilities around the world are now experimenting with new technologies, and many of them are finding ways to enhance their practice. But significant barriers to translation remain. Clinicians must be more intimately involved in the development and testing of new technologies and become more sophisticated in analyzing and addressing the factors that determine the application of rehabilitation technologies in our daily clinical practice.

The focus of this webinar is to provide an update on the current research about robotic devices in neurorehab for upper limb and discuss the facilitators factors and main barriers to the implementation of robotic therapy for upper limb in the clinical practice.

Learning Objectives:

  1. A brief update about the robotic devices.
  2. To explain the supplemental value and main barriers to the use of robot-assisted therapy in a Neurological rehabilitation program.

Speaker: Dr. Asif Hussain

Dr Asif Hussain graduated Summa Cum Laude in Electronics Engineering in Pakistan. After graduation, he joined Imperial College London, UK (2009) as a research assistant in the Human Robotics group with Prof. Etienne Burdet. In 2014, he got his PhD in Bioengineering department.

His research work was related to understand and develop techniques for the quantification and rehabilitation of sensorimotor deficits. Currently, Asif is CEO of a fast-growing rehabilitation robotics company with collaborators and partners internationally.

Speaker: Prof. Domenico Campolo

Director of the Robotics Research Centre & Associate Professor at the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Nanyang Technological University, SG. A renowned expert in Human Motor Control and Robotic Rehabilitation.

His research interests lie at the intersection between Robotics and Neuroscience, with special focus on the sensorimotor coupling in humans and for robots. He co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed papers on international journals and conference proceedings.

He has been serving as a reviewer of top international journals and conferences in the general fields of Robotics and Mechatronics. He is Member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) and of the Italian National Group of Bioengineering (GNB).

Speaker: Dr Anna Caroline Braga

Physiotherapist with more than 20 years of international experience in the field of Neurorehabilitation. Certified Bobath Therapist (Basic and Advanced Modules – IBITA UK). Lecturer and Clinical Supervisor in Academic Hospitals in Brazil, Portugal and South Africa in the areas of Neurorehabilitation and Palliative care.

International speaker in Scientific Conferences in Europe & USA. A neuroscientist with publications in peer review journals in the Neurorehabilitation and Telerehabilitation areas. First Physiotherapist in Portugal to performing the Neurosciences Doctoral Program in the Medical School of Lisbon which was concluded with Distinction (2019). Currently Clinical Specialist in the ARTICARES.

Date: January 23rd, 2020
Time: 6:00pm AEDT (Sydney time)