Wearable and Implantable Technologies for Post-Stroke Rehabilitation Event as iCalendar

(Seminars)

20 February 2018

4 - 5pm

Venue: Ground floor seminar room (G10)

Location: 70 Symonds Street, Auckland Central

An ABI seminar by Professor John Q. Fang, Shantou University, China

Abstract

Home or community based post-stroke rehabilitation with accurate prior limb impairment assessment can effectively prevent further functional deterioration as well as help stroke survivors gradually regain their body functions. However, how to maintain the intensity, the quality and the effectiveness of such training, which is often with no or reduced clinical supervision, is one of the primary issues that must be addressed to ensure the rehabilitation outcome. This presentation is focused on exploring the possibilities of integrating wearable sensor network (WSN) and pattern recognition techniques to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of post-stroke rehabilitation. It is shown that WSN provides solutions for objective limb function impairment assessment as well as unsupervised training management, based on which an effective and efficient tele-rehabilitation system could be implemented and put into practical use. Furthermore, a novel biofeedback-controlled system-on-a-chip (SoC) micro-stimulator is designed, implemented and tested for neuro-rehabilitation. Such a micro-stimulator could provide personalised and localised micro current therapy to the impaired region precisely and thus help motor recovery of stroke patients. The auxiliary technology, such as the design of an implantable microstrip antenna is also elaborated in this presentation. The animal experiments to verify both the implantable stimulator and the implantable antenna were successfully carried out using rats. With the adoption of wearable and implantable technologies, a new patient centric modality of stroke rehabilitation could be established. This new rehabilitation modality based on objective, accurate and timely function assessment and personalised and localised precision training will greatly benefit the ever-increasing stroke survivor population world widely.