Workshop, June 7th


Only 50 places available

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ORGANIZERS: Gad Alon, Simona Ferrante, Erika G. Spaich, Ines Bersch-Porada, Thierry Keller
This is a pre-conference workshop on the topic of functional electrical stimulation (FES) and its therapeutic value in rehabilitation medicine, with particular focus on providing a guide to bridge the gap between laboratory, clinical research, and clinical practice. This one-day workshop will include a review of basic FES concepts, presentation, and discussion of the latest technological advances in FES systems, and templates for clinical decisions regarding screening, testing, and establishing outcome measures specifically tailored to manage functional deficits. The workshop will focus on implementing effective treatment plans in the management of locomotion deficits such as walking, standing-sitting and stairs negotiation, as well as upper extremity functions such as grasping, manipulating, moving, and releasing objects. Furthermore, hands-on demonstrations of the latest FES systems and numerous videos of actual clinical cases will be also included.

1- Present the principles that govern the use of functional electrical stimulation
2- Describe and discuss the latest developments in non-invasive functional electrical stimulation, focusing on wearable
3- functional electrical stimulation systems
4- Describe the different approaches to augment locomotion using FES, including reflex-based FES, pressure, motion or both triggering, and the latest developments of FES cycling and EMG-triggered systems
5- Present guidelines on evidence based treatments based on FES

6- Demonstrate the use of functional electrical stimulation systems available at the workshop

Upon completion of this workshop, the participant will be able to:
1. State the required stimulation parameters and appropriate protocols/procedures required to implement an FES program in clinical practice
2. State the various modes of action (mechanisms) by which FES can affect the peripheral neuromuscular, peripheral vascular, as well as central nervous systems
3. Describe the various treatment approaches presented and state why FES is an option to optimize functional outcomes in rehabilitation medicine
4. Apply and operate the FES systems available at the workshop


8:45-9:00 Introduction of the workshop (Gad Alon, Ph.D, PT, University of Maryland, USA)
9:00-9:30 Functional Electrical stimulation principles (electrical parameters, electrophysiological correlates, electrodes management) (Gad Alon, Ph.D, PT, University of Maryland, USA)
9:30-10:00 FES Cycling Systems: from operation principles to the design of evidence based treatments (Simona Ferrante, Ph.D., Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
10:00–10:30 Coffee break
10:30–11:00 Reflex-based functional electrical therapy of the hemiparetic gait (Erika G. Spaich, Ph.D., Aalborg University, Denmark)
11:00-12:00 Hands-On activity
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00–13:30 FES systems based on electrode arrays for the recovery of drop foot (Thierry Keller, Director Area Rehabilitation, TECNALIA Research & Innovation)
13:30-14:00 FES and EMG-triggered FES to improve function of the upper limbs (Ines Bersch-Porada, MSc, Swiss Paraplegic Centre, Nottwil)
14:00-14:30 Wearable wireless FES systems application in the management of neurological, orthopedic and peripheral vascular disease (Gad Alon Ph.D., PT University of Maryland, USA)
14:30-15:00 Coffee break
15:00-16:30 Hands-On activity

Alon_Gad_photoe_2014Gad Alon, P.T., Ph.D – University of Maryland, School of medicine
Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences, Baltimore (USA)

simonaSimona Ferrante, Ph.D – Neuroengineering and medical robotics laboratory (NearLab)
Department of Electronics, Information, and  Bioengineering, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)

Version 2Ines Bersch, P.T., Ph.D – Swiss Paraplegic Centre
Nottwil (Switzerland)

Erika G. SpaichErika G. Spaich, Ph.D. – SMI®, Department of Health Science and Technology
Aalborg University (Denmark)

Thierry_smallThierry Keller, Ph.D – Tecnalia Research & Innovation (Spain)

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