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#MiNT18 featured a range of industry experts who spoke the about clinical application of neuro technology.


Joe Green: introduced the event and outlined the concept for the delegates

Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist and Technology Lead at Hobbs Rehabilitation. Joe worked as a Theatre Designer before retraining as a physiotherapist, qualifying in 1997 with a First Class degree. Joe quickly specialised in Neurological Physiotherapy and gained experience in a number of centres before moving to the Spinal Injury Centre in Salisbury, where he stayed for 10 years. It was here that Joe was first exposed to a number of advanced technologies and the challenges facing therapists integrating them into clinical practice. Joe then joined Odstock Medical in 2009 working on the development and clinical use of Functional Electrical Stimulation devices, and the training of clinicians. During his last two years Joe acted as Lead Physiotherapist and Clinical Tutor, before moving to Hobbs Rehabilitation in 2015. Joe’s current role as Specialist Physiotherapist and Technology Lead is focussed on addressing the challenges to the integration of advanced technologies into clinical practice.

Dr Ruth Turk: Does Research Support The Use Of Advanced Technology In Neurorehabilitation

Dr Ruth Turk is a Senior Teaching/Research Fellow within Health Sciences, University of Southampton and Physiotherapy Programme Manager for the BSc and MSc Physiotherapy programmes. Ruth’s clinical and published expertise is in neurological rehabilitation, specifically the use of technologies for clinically applicable assessment tools and rehabilitation interventions, and the mechanisms of sensory-motor recovery following stroke. Projects include: Wearable sensors to monitor movement and muscle activity in the arm and trunk; Quantitative measures of arm impairment and functional activity post-stroke; the use of Assistive Technologies in Rehabilitation following Stroke; motivating mobility of the arm using interactive systems; Bion implanted FES system for post-stroke arm rehabilitation. Ruth is the board member for research for ACPIN.

Dr Clemens Müller: Advanced Technologies In Rehabilitation: What You Need To Know

Clemens Müller, PhD, is the Head of Clinical Applications and Research at Hocoma AG (Switzerland) and the Global Head of Clinical Affairs at DIH Technologies. Clemens received a BA in Biomechanics in 2005 and a master’s in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Konstanz (Germany) in 2007. He then completed a PhD of Human Movement Science from the Chemnitz University of Technology in 2010. In addition, he is heading the IISART education working group focusing on the awareness and acceptance of advanced technologies in rehabilitation. He has been involved in numerous research, education and development projects and has focused much of his career on the linkages between motor learning principles and advanced technologies. Clemens has been working as a lecturer in the academic field of clinical and medical education since 2004.

Dr Rui Loureiro: Rehabilitation Of Neurological Pain: Translating Research Into Service Delivery In The NHS

Dr Rui Loureiro is an Associate Professor at UCL and Head of the UCL Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science and of Aspire’s Centre for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology (CREATe) at UCL. He is PI at the Wellcome-EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences (WEISS) where he leads the development of musculoskeletal surgical innovations. He specialises in advanced robotics and human interactive systems for surgery and rehabilitation. He has pioneered work in stroke rehabilitation and movement disorders and has a wealth of experience with both the design of rehabilitation technologies and clinical assessment of such aids, and on the development of immersive simulators for surgical planning and training.

Dr Alastair Cozens: Patients, Teams And Devices: Bringing Them Togthether On The Platform

Alastair is a Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine at Aberdeen, and a director of SiLCK Clinical Solutions Ltd. He has particular interests in organising multi-disciplinary teamwork around patients’ rehabilitation goals, and in the potential of technology to increase rehabilitation opportunities for our patients.

Professor Jane Burridge: led the closing discussions and hosted a forum where ideas were shared. The result is a dedicated Twitter account @MINT_hobbs to unite clinicians, researchers, engineers, technologly experts, etc. Delegates were keen to have a platform to share comments, revelant papers & ideas for events.

Jane Burridge is Professor of Restorative Neuroscience at the University of Southampton, where she leads the Neurorehabilitation Research Group. Jane’s research is about improving recovery of movement following acquired brain damage. Fundamental to this is understanding the mechanisms associated with normal, loss and recovery of motor function. Jane’s work crosses traditional rehabilitation boundaries, collaborating with engineers, neuroscientists and psychologists. She was elected President of The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology (ACPIN) in March 2017.

Jane graduated as a physiotherapist, but later changed career and trained as a musician playing and teaching the flute. Her PhD at the University of Southampton enabled response to Functional Electrical Stimulation for drop-foot to be better predicted by accurate measurement of muscle dysfunction.

Jane’s current research is with wearable sensors to support home-based rehabilitation and generate objective measures of impairment. She leads a research programme into the use of the Internet to support home-based rehabilitation, and is particularly interested in understanding how rehabilitation technologies can translate into clinical practice.

Other speakers: Nicky Ellis, Hobbs Director, ran a "Speed Dating" session which gave the device specialists of all 14 devices at MINT a 4 minute slot to explain the features, benefits, and application of their technology. 

This was a fun and interactive session, giving delegates who had not attended those Masterclasses the chance to get an overview and to pick up further reading/resources if they wanted to know more.

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