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Mobile Brain Imaging and Neurorobotics for Pediatric Neurorehabilitation

Weekly Seminar | Not Open to the Public
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Development and implementation of portable functional neuroimaging technologies, specifically electroencephalography (EEG) and functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), and robotic devices in Pediatric Neurorehabilitation has increased dramatically in recent years. Functional neuroimaging data using MRI are difficult to obtain in many with cerebral palsy and can only evaluate brain activity during single joint movements whereas many motor tasks (e.g. walking) are possible with EEG and NIRS. However, using these technologies is still daunting. Here we present novel results in CP on a range of functional tasks and recommendations for collection and processing to maximize data quantity and quality.

Despite their proliferation in many clinical settings, robotic devices have failed to demonstrate superiority to existing therapies because they have failed to adhere to known principles of motor learning. Recent devices often have sophisticated control systems that challenge or, perturb users according to biomechanical and motor learning principles and now fully wearable exoskeletons for community use have emerged. I will present the 1st wearable robotic exoskeleton in CP developed in our laboratory with a unique control system, incorporation of FES, and ability to strengthen muscles and train gait patterns over time. The overall objectives of this presentation are to briefly the summarize state of the science in mobile imaging and pediatric robotics and emphasize the need for multidisciplinary teams when developing and implementing these technologies.

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Zachary F Lerner, Diane L Damiano, Thomas C Bulea
The Effects of Exoskeleton Assisted Knee Extension on Lower-Extremity Gait Kinematics, Kinetics, and Muscle Activity in Children with Cerebral Palsy
Sci Rep. 2017 Oct 18;7(1):13512. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-13554-2.
Ana Carolina de Campos, Theresa Sukal-Moulton, Theodore Huppert, Katharine Alter, Diane L Damiano
Brain activation patterns underlying upper limb bilateral motor coordination in unilateral cerebral palsy: an fNIRS study
Dev Med Child Neurol. 2020 May;62(5):625-632. doi: 10.1111/dmcn.14458. Epub 2020 Feb 7.
Theresa Sukal-Moulton, Ana C de Campos, Katharine E Alter, Diane L Damiano
Functional near-infrared spectroscopy to assess sensorimotor cortical activity during hand squeezing and ankle dorsiflexion in individuals with and without bilateral and unilateral cerebral palsy
Neurophotonics. 2020 Oct;7(4):045001. doi: 10.1117/1.NPh.7.4.045001. Epub 2020 Oct 6.


Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - 12:30pm


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