Dear ladies and gentlemen,
an injury of the cervical spinal cord and the associated loss of hand function represents one of the most dramatic events in one’s life. Even though modern rehabilitation approaches based on intensive task-oriented training regimes lead to superior outcomes, there are only a few options to restore a completely missing hand function. In case not enough muscles under voluntary control are available for surgical transfers, neuroprostheses based on Functional Electrical stimulation may be applied for generation of a few grasp patterns. However, there is a lot of room for improvement of noninvasive grasp neuroprostheses with respect to robustness, handling in everyday life and intuitive control.
Over the last 2 years, a consortium of 6 academic and industrial European partners developed the technology to overcome the drawbacks of current solutions: A tablet computer based evaluation toolkit supports end user screenings and trainings, multi-electrode stimulation arrays with wireless orientation sensors allow for position-independent generation of grasp forces, novel shared control and feedback concepts reduce the users’ workload, water-based electrodes for brain activity recordings together with wireless amplifiers reduce the preparation time to a minimum and the users’ comfort to a maximum, and with a Brain-Computer Interface based on the classification of natural grasp movements an intuitive operation of the neuroprosthesis is achieved.
This open house event is intended to introduce you to the MoreGrasp technology and to provide you with first-hand information about the steps towards the application in end users with spinal cord injury. During the event, you will not only have the opportunity to participate in hands-on demonstrations of the MoreGrasp components, but also to see real-world applications in end users.
We are looking forward to welcoming you and wish you interesting, inspiring and pleasant days in Heidelberg.
Gernot Müller-Putz Rüdiger Rupp
Coordinator MoreGrasp Local Host
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13:00-13:20 R. Rupp N. Weidner G. R. Müller-Putz, Welcome
13:20-13:40 G. R. Müller-Putz: Introduction to the MoreGrasp project
13:40-14:00 TBA: The MoreGrasp user interface
14:00-14:20 R. Rupp: The MoreGrasp neuroprosthesis
14.20-14:40 Questions and answers
14:40-15:00 Coffee Break
15:00-15:30 R. Rupp: Introduction to the clinical pathway
15:30-16:20 UKL-HD, TUG, KNOW: Part 1 - Screening
16:20-17:10 UKL-HD, TUG: Part 2 - Training
17:10-18:00 UG, UKL-HD, TUG: Part 3 – Final system
18:00 Come together in the „Palmengarten“ with finger food from the „Würstchenbude“ (wurst stall)
9:00-9:10 R. Rupp: Introduction to the hands-on MoreGrasp components circle
12:30-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-16:00 TBA: MoreGrasp in end users
16:00-16:30 R. Rupp: Guided tour for interested guests through the clinic
9:00-12.00 Demonstration of MoreGrasp neuroprosthesis on an end user
END OF OPEN HOUSE EVENT „MoreGrasp“
Abreviations: TUG (Technische Universität Graz), UKL-HD (Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg), UG (University of Glasgow), KNOW (KnowCenter, Graz), BITBRAIN (BitBrain Technologies, Zaragoza)