Our interdisciplinary research focuses on the neural control of movement in patients with neurological deficits due to spinal injuries, a stroke or other reasons.
Range of services
By combining rehabilitation technology and cognitive performance feedback, we seek to boost the patient’s willpower and to harness the central nervous system’s lifelong capacity for plasticity, regeneration and repair.
This approach is beneficial for cardiopulmonary and musculoskeletal health and fosters a CNS environment where positive neurological changes can take place. We apply multidisciplinary expertise in the fields of technology, neuroscience, sports science, kinesiology and medicine to improve the prevention and management of progressive secondary complications of spinal injuries, strokes and a wide range of other neurological conditions, as well as to assist neurological recovery in order to improve motor control, sensation and functional autonomy.
Areas of expertise
- Our research group develops new technical devices and extends the functionality of existing products. New developments include novel rehab tricycles for adults and children with neurological impairments.
- Our new generation of tricycles combines a novel drive technology with electric drives and functional electrostimulation (FES) of paralysed muscle groups. The functionality of existing robotic rehabilitation devices, including treadmills and tilting tables, has been extended to cardiopulmonary rehabilitation applications. This includes biofeedback of the patient's effort, voluntary control of mechanical performance, and automatic control of initial physiological parameters such as heart rate, oxygen uptake, and metabolic performance.
- An essential feature of our work is the use of methods and protocols from sports and movement physiology and their adaptation to the rehabilitation situation. These approaches are used in the clinic for the rehabilitation of people with various neurological problems such as strokes and spinal cord injuries.
The IRPT has outstanding research infrastructure with its own research lab at the Reha Rheinfelden rehab centre. Robot-assisted equipment includes a treadmill (Lokomat) and a tilt table (Erigo) by Hocoma. We also have state-of-the-art cardio-respiratory monitoring systems. The initial research and development activities are carried out at our laboratory in Burgdorf.
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