Jane Burridge

University of Southampton

Jane Burridge is Professor of Restorative Neuroscience at the University of Southampton, where she leads the Neurorehabilitation Research Group. Jane’s research is about improving recovery of movement following acquired brain damage.

Fundamental to this is understanding the mechanisms associated with normal, loss and recovery of motor function. Jane’s work crosses traditional rehabilitation boundaries, collaborating with engineers, neuroscientists and psychologists.

Jane graduated as a physiotherapist, but later changed career and trained as a musician playing and teaching the flute. Her PhD at the University of Southampton enabled response to Functional Electrical Stimulation for drop-foot to be better predicted by accurate measurement of muscle dysfunction.

Jane’s current research is with wearable sensors to support home-based rehabilitation and generate objective measures of impairment. She leads a research programme into the use of the Internet to support home-based rehabilitation, and is particularly interested in understanding how rehabilitation technologies can translate into clinical practice.

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Intelligent Wearable Technology for Upper Limb Stroke Rehabilitation

Wearable technologies to support self-management can increase intensity of therapy. An example is M-MARK, a wearable system to support self-management of arm rehabilitation post-stroke, and provides therapists with detailed objective assessments of impairment such as range and smoothness of movement, muscle synergies and motor control.

The neuroscience and motor learning principles that underpin the M-MARK concept, research process and key findings will be presented. M-MARK comprises a garment with embedded sensors measuring mechanical muscle activity (mechanomyography) and movement (Inertial Measurement Units). Data, recorded during everyday tasks, are transmitted via Bluetooth to a computer tablet and processed in real time. Novel algorithms provide meaningful metrics and visualisations for therapists and patients on amount and quality of movement. M-MARK has been designed, using a person-centred approach, by a multi-disciplinary team including engineers, therapists, patients and carers and two commercial partners. It has been tested for reliability and validity and will be CE marked and tested in a feasibility study.

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