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Know-how específico en análisis cuantitativo del movimiento humano en entornos clínicos

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOCH20150923001
Publicado:
05/01/2016
Caducidad:
05/01/2017
Resumen:
Un equipo de investigación de una universidad suiza de ciencias aplicadas ofrece know-how específico en el campo de análisis del movimiento humano. El equipo de investigación tiene experiencia en transferir los datos cuantitativos obtenidos a aplicaciones clínicas. Para cuantificar el movimiento humano, se aplican diferentes sistemas de medición avanzados. Se buscan socios especializados en tecnologías médicas, rehabilitación, sistemas ergonómicos, ortopedia o campos relacionados con el fin de establecer acuerdos de cooperación técnica, investigación o servicio.

Details

Tittle:
Specific know-how in quantitative human movement analysis in clinical settings offered
Summary:
A research group at a Swiss university of applied sciences offers specific know-how in the field of human movement analysis. Their expertise is to transfer the obtained quantitative data into clinical applications. To quantify human movement different state of the art measurement systems are applied. The researchers are seeking technology or research cooperations or services agreement with partners active in medical technology, rehabilitation, ergonomic systems, orthopedics or related fields.
Description:
Human movement analysis has become an investigative and diagnostic tool in areas like medicine, rehabilitation and sports. Motion analysis is critical in the medical field as it allows for example clinical decision making previous to surgical interventions or assessment of effectiveness of therapeutic treatments. In postural and gait analysis, the location and orientation of body parts are tracked and used to calculate joint angles in combination with measured external forces acting on the body. Knowing the actual forces acting on the body in a laboratory setting allows the development and assessment of medical devices in a controlled and standardized environment but for realistic situations.

The research group offering its expertise belongs to the movement laboratory of a Swiss university of applied sciences. The laboratory offers research as well as clinical expertise and the main focus lies in the transfer of research findings into clinical practice.

Offered expertise:
While the laboratory allows quantification of human movements, the expertise of the research group lies in the generation of clinically meaningful and scientifically sound research questions and measurement protocol as well as in the translation of results into clinical context. The research group has participated in various projects with the goal to advance measurement technique in applied settings (e.g. assessment tools for physiotherapy) and development of medical technology (e.g. automated gait trainer), ergonomic systems (e.g. dynamic office chair), and footwear. Based on their combined expertise in movement analysis and rehabilitation they are able to build connections between technology and health.
The clinical and research expertise lies in the areas of physiotherapy, movement science, biomechanics of the spine (lower spine as well as neck) and the lower extremities (with special focus on the foot).

Applied technologies:
In the laboratory there are multiple measurement systems available for human movement analysis. These systems allow quantification of movement, e.g. gait or movement of the spine, in healthy as well as impaired people and can often be used simultaneously with other technology to, for example, test validity of a newly developed device.
Three-dimensional human movement is quantified using a multi-camera, marker-based system that obtains joint angles during motion as well as force plates to record ground reaction forces. The combination of these two technologies allows the calculation of internal joint forces and moments and, therefore, the in-vivo joint loading. Additionally, the activity of skeletal muscles can non-invasively be recorded with electromyography. Further, the research group has several systems that allow the measurement of gait parameters and ground reaction forces outside the laboratory (field test).

The research group is looking for industrial or clinical partners, e.g. companies developing medical technologies or ergonomic systems, which are interested in technology or research cooperation, possibly in the frame of a European funding project, or services agreements.
Advantages and Innovations:
Using movement analysis for the development of medical technology allows the assessment of functionality of the technology in a controlled laboratory environment but for relevant situations, movements, or settings. The research team has experience in clinical as well as research settings and can define the relevant questions needed to further the development of medical technology. These questions can be answered using the laboratory infrastructure and by translating the results into daily clinical practice. This approach allows for an efficient, relevant and high quality product development.
While the development of medical technology without the use of human testing may be time efficient, using movement analysis allows testing of the product with use-cases, in realistic settings and provides information about usability as well as the comparison to gold-standard technology for movement analysis. It facilitates the connection between technology and health which can be translated into a competitive advantage.
Stage of Development:
Already on the market
IPs:
Other
CommeR Statunts Regarding IPR Status:
They do not have specific IPR. IPR will be negotiated with the partner.

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
The specific area of activity of the partner:
Companies, hospitals, research centers or other organizations that are active in the field of medical technology, physiotherapy, orthopedic and ergonomic technology or related fields.

The tasks to be performed by the partner sought:
In case of a technology cooperation the sought partner should execute or plan a technology or research project where human movement analysis is needed or might add value to the developed device or service. The partner should evaluate and integrate the data obtained by movement analysis into further development of technology and clinical decision making. In case of research cooperation, joint development of R-Y-D projects and application for funding is envisaged. Services agreements are sought with partners in need of sophisticated human movement analysis in context with a product or therapy, e.g. with the aim of further improvement or adaptations.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
University
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
Si
Languages Spoken:
English
German

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
11007 Deportes y ocio
06001020 Fisioterapia, tecnología ortopédica
06001008 Medicina medioambiental, medicina social, medicina deportiva
06001023 Mobiliario médico
06001013 Tecnología médica / ingeniería biomédica