2010 IoN News Archive
- Professor Alan Thompson elected as Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology
- Michael J. Fox Foundation awards IoN researcher grant to advance Parkinson's research.
- Traces of the past: computer algorithm ‘reads’ memories
- Professor Lees awarded first Lord Brain Memorial Lecture
- Award for Professor Chris Frith
- Professor John Duncan appointed as NIHR Senior Investigator
- Queen Square Symposium success
- IoN brings the scientific method to London primary schools
- Robot trainer to benefit stroke patients
- Researchers to study how the brain 'rewires itself'
- St Peter's Medal for Professor Clare Fowler
- Elections to the Academy of Medical Sciences Fellowships announced
- New website to help stroke survivors learn to read again
- Queen's Birthday Honours
- Brain study reveals that agreement is rewarding
- Wellcome Success
- Win for IoN at Shape of Science Symposium
- Research shows that two heads are better than one
- Lizard venom offers hope for Parkinson’s disease patients
- Epilepsy prizes
- Developing a cell library resource for dementia research
- Stents may double the risk of stroke in patients over 70
- Scientists identify link between introspection and brain structure
- IoN scientist lands £329k funding boost from dementia research charity.
- Study results consistent with earlier estimates of vCJD prion prevalence in Britain
- Parkinson's UK Fellowship Award
- Award for Professor Lees
- 2010-11 IoN PhD Studentship Round Now Open
- New brain imaging tests to track Huntington’s
- World-leading scientist secures funding for gene research
- Fighter pilots' brains are ‘more sensitive
- Alzheimer’s changes detectable in healthy elderly
- IoN Student wins Santander Formula One Scholarship
- New hope for cluster headache sufferers
- Prestigious European research grant awarded
- New centre brings hope to patients with muscle wasting diseases
- Prestigious stroke program grant awarded
- A role for astrocytes in learning and memory?
Robot trainer to benefit stroke patients
23 April 2010
Although most stroke survivors learn to walk again up to a third fail to regain useful function of their arm.
Evidence suggests that increasing the amount of exercise appears to improve outcome. This seems to be especially the case in the arm, where repetitive practice of everyday tasks, such as holding a is one of the most effective approaches to recovery in arm- and hand function. Delivering this level of intensity of therapy is costly and difficult to achieve in clinical practice.
The Stroke Association has awarded Dr Diane Playford (Department of Brain Repair and Rehabilitation) and Dr Nick Ward (Sobell Department of Motor Neuroscience & Movement Disorders),
with Dr Etienne Burdet at Imperial College, funding to explore the use
of a robotic device to aid arm recovery after stroke.
Robotic devices are one way of increasing the amount of practice that can be performed by people with a weak arm after stroke. The device under investigation at the IoN supports people with stroke to reach, grasp and turn, the type of movement used everyday by people as they open doors. Unlike many robotic devices this device is small and portable, which means that with further development it could be used at the bed-side or in people’s own homes.
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