Date(s) - 02/10/2017
10:00 - 11:00
On 2 October Max Ortiz Catalan is giving his docent lecture with the title “Highly integrated bionic limbs and neurorehabilitation”. Max is a researcher in the research group Biomedical signals and systems, Department of Electrical Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology.
Where? Room EF, Hörsalsvägen 11, Chalmers, Campus Johanneberg
When? 2 October, 2017, 10:00-11:00
Technology has the potential to allow patients to reintegrate into society after traumatic events leading to amputations or motor impairments. In addition to the functional challenges, these patients often develop chronic neuropathic pain that further hinders their quality of life. Similarly, children born with congenital malformation face functional challenges to overcome what otherwise are life-permanent handicaps.
In this lecture, Dr. Ortiz Catalan will talk about novel but clinically viable technologies to restore patients’ quality of life. Using bone-anchored prosthesis (osseointegration), neuromuscular interfaces, and machine learning, Dr. Ortiz Catalan’s research resulted in the first bionic arm integrated directly into the patient’s bone, nerves, and muscles. In addition to direct skeletal attachment, this technology provides the unique opportunity to chronically record and stimulate the neuromuscular system in freely behaving humans, thus allowing to investigate complex limb motions and somatosensory perception. Dr. Ortiz Catalan will also discuss how motor prediction technology in combination with Augmented Reality can be used to treat Phantom Limb Pain in patients for whom no other treatments were successful.