Pre Conference Courses

Below is a rough time schedule for the courses on 8. Sept. 2010 (changes may apply)
Every Preconfernce course paricipant can choose freeley, meaning it is possible to change during lunch time.
It would be helpful to know in advance which courses you plan to vistit. Please send a short eMail to melitta [dot] pichler [at] meduniwien [dot] ac [dot] at (Melitta Pichler).

 

  Detailed Program    
09:00 - 12:00
(incl. Coffee Break)

FES: From Neuroscience to Clinical Practice

Part 1

Neuron Modeling for Neuroprosthetic Applications

Part 1

Spinal Cord Stimulation
Part 1
Background, State of the art
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch Lunch Lunch
13:30 - 16:30
(incl. Coffee Break)

FES: From Neuroscience to Clinical Practice

Part 2

Neuron Modeling for Neuroprosthetic Applications

Part 2

Spinal Cord Stimulation
Part 2
Hands on, patient demonstration
       

 

Neuron Modeling for Neuroprosthetic Applications

by Frank Rattay, Cornelia Wenger, Liliana Paredes

Location

Neuron modeling and computer simulation are powerful tools for the functional design of neuroprosthetic devices. Individual electrical and geometrical characteristics of neural substructures as well as ion current fluctuations can have surprising effects in functional electrical nerve and muscle stimulation. The first part of the course helps to explore such phenomena with models for peripheral nerve stimulation. The second part deals with the stimulation of the central nervous system, cochlear and retina implants, blocking of neural activities, etc. At the end of every part the time is used to discuss specific questions concerning the applications of the participants. Software: MATLAB, NEURON, COMSOL

Our course will start with a general introduction about neural responses of target neurons to electric fields generated by neural prostheses. Models and computer simulations of several cases studies will be demonstrated. However depending on the interest of the participants details are discussed and source code programming can be done in MATLAB and NEURON. Please find below2 pdfs for the modeling background.

 

FES: From Neuroscience to Clinical Practice

by Maura Whittaker, Michael Grey, Jane Burridge,  Neil Postans, Samuel C.K. Lee and Paul Taylor

Detailed Program

Location

Background

According to the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), knowledge translation (KT) is the “exchange, synthesis and ethically-sound application of knowledge within a complex system of interactions among researchers & users- to accelerate the capture of the benefits of research”.
Knowledge translation is particularly critical to the field of FES as neuroscience research guides practitioners and leads to advances in patient treatment, interventions and outcomes.

Outline

The field of FES research & implementation has progressed over the past decade but the challenge remains to ensure continued progress so that the benefits of research and development are captured and appropriate FES interventions become universal and standardized in rehabilitation.

Key elements in knowledge translation that can be applied in moving FES from neuroscience to clinical practice include: 2-way exchange between researchers & those who apply knowledge, knowledge dissemination & utilization, development of consensus guidelines, meeting the needs of knowledge users (patients, clinicians, funding agencies), communication and ethical context. These elements will form the basis of this pre-conference course - providing an overview of FES in clinical practice, the supporting scientific & clinical evidence, strategies to increase FES use and identification/discussion of practice areas and issues - where progress has been made and areas where challenges still remain. The course will include presentations on the following topics:    

1. Overview/update on the physiological effects of FES & evidence of its effect on neuroplasticity of the brain and spinal cord.
2. Overview of therapeutic, orthotic & neuroprosthetic FES interventions
3. FES best practices & application across different diagnostic groups
4. Identification of strategies that insure success in FES clinical service provision
5. Patient evaluation, education, follow up, treatment outcomes
6. Methods to promote awareness of FES use & benefits in the medical community
7. FES continuing education
8. Question & answer session
 
by Straub C, Mödlin M, Kern H
9. FES of denervated muscles 

 

Spinal Cord Stimulation

by Karen Minassian, Ursula Hofstoetter, Milan Dimitrijevic

Detailed Program

Location

Epidural stimulation of the human posterior lumbar cord can evoke spinal reflexes and enhance locomotor functions in spinal cord injured persons. In this workshop, we will present a novel non-invasive method of spinal cord stimulation based on surface electrodes. We will elaborate the theoretic background of this transcutaneous technique and will demonstrate its utilization for eliciting spinal reflexes in multiple lower limb muscle groups bilaterally. Potential applications of this method as assessment and training tool will be discussed.

 

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