Introduction

The FES Team aims to improve bone density in the lower limbs of spinal cord injury patients, using Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) assisted weight bearing exercises. The stimulation will be externally controlled to produce coordinated and predetermined movements capable of sufficiently loading the bone. These exercises will be performed within a novel smart standing frame, capable of measuring forces involved in the movement. We aim to improve the enjoyability of the exercise with the application of exercise based gaming. According to statistics from charities such as Every Eight Hours and Spinal Research, there are an estimated 40,000 spinal cord injured people in the UK and a new person is injured every eight hours. Many primary causes of death are now no longer direct results of spinal cord injury but are conditions linked to age and inactivity. This means that there are long-term demands on medical support; in particular, treatment of osteoporotic bone fractures often results in lengthy spells in hospital for individuals with spinal cord injury. It is therefore important to minimize the effect of osteoporosis after spinal cord injury; this highlights the need for exercise programmes to target bone health
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Talk by Dr. Alex Ireland: Update

On Thursday 26th October we hosted Dr Alex Ireland, Lecturer from the School of Healthcare Science at the Manchester Metropolitan University to give a talk on Human models of bone mechanoadaption (see announcement post here) Dr. Ireland has kindly provided the lecture slides, which you can view here.  

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Talk by Alex Ireland: Human Models of Bone Mechanoadaptation

UPDATE: See update post here On Thursday 26th October we will be hosting Dr Alex Ireland, Lecturer from the School of Healthcare Science at the Manchester Metropolitan University to give a talk on Human models of bone mechanoadaption.  The talk will take place at 13:00 in G39, Polly Vacher building, University of Reading. The abstract […]

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FES group at the RehabWeek conference

The FES group attended the RehabWeek ’17 in London last week. Bellow you can access the two poster submissions presented in the conference (each picture is a link to a .pdf document). Rehabweek ’17 hosted 4 conferences in parallel (IFESS, ICORR, BSRM, INRS) and was attended by over 1000 researchers, clinicians, and industry professionals.   […]

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Research Team

Prof William Holderbaum

    Prof Brian Andrews

      Prof William Harwin

        Prof Victor Becerra

          Dr Monica Armengol

            Dr Ioannis D. Zoulias

              Dr Robin Gibbons

                Dr Ian McCarthy

                  Dr James Shippen

                    Dr Adrian Poulton

                      Prof Jenny Butler

                        School of Biological Sciences University of Reading
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