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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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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Outreach activity at the Sonning CoE Primary

On Friday 9th of June, we visited the Sonning CoE Primary school and showcased interactive demos to the pupils on how the electricity of our bodies work, from the brain to the activity of the muscles. Students were able to see first-hand their own brain waves and then the class discussed how technology can be […]

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Visit and Seminar by Dr. Sylvie Coupaud of University of Strathclyde

  On the 23rd of May, Dr. Sylvie Coupaud from University of Strathclyde visited  the FES group and presented a compelling seminar on “Musculoskeletal imaging and rehabilitation interventions in patients with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)”.  In her talk, Dr. Coupaud covered how pQCT imaging can be used to track bone loss in individuals with paraplegia, and […]

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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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