Morten Haugland (M.Sc.E.E. and Ph.D.) started his career as a researcher at the Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction at Aalborg University in Denmark where he was employed for more than 10 years primarily working in the area of Functional Electrical Stimulation. Since then Morten have in various roles gained a broad practical experience with most issues involved in development of a commercial medical device all the way from the basic research idea until it is on the market.
Morten has practical experience with technical and clinical research (both animal and human) in both university and commercial environments, including performance of clinical trials according to GCP.
Technologies for the neurologically impaired motor system
When neurological damage occurs, the motor system is often impaired, which is manifested in decreased abilities to initiate and coordinate muscle activation and movements, and in the development of spasticity and muscle stiffness. In the seminar we will present three different technologies to improve and monitor the progress of the patients. One technology focuses on activation of the withdrawal reflex in the leg of stroke victims, to improve their ability to walk. Another is aimed at quantification and qualification of muscle stiffness and spasticity, for use by clinicians. The third targets in-home training of patient-specific motor tasks for patients with motor coordination and spasticity problems, based on 3D movement recognition software. All three technologies are based on university research projects and are being developed into commercial products to enable their use in a larger scale on clinics or in the patients’ own homes.
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