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Functional Assessment of Human Spinal Cord Injury
Switzerland (Swimsa) - University of Zurich, Zurich
Spinal Cord Injury Center Balgrist
Prof. Armin Curt
Dr. Marc Bolliger
Type of Research Project
- Clinical Project without Laboratory work
What is the background of the project?
Background: Understanding the basic concept of rehabilitative training and assessment of spinal cord function following spinal cord injury (SCI) in humans is crucial for setting up appropriate rehabilitation program. The topics of the research exchange project will include: different methods for assessment of spinal function and novel rehabilitative training methods for lower and upper limbs. Aim:Defining the role of rehabilitative training in SCI (see above) Techniques:Standard assessments of SCI: ? International Standards for Neurological Classification of SCI ? Motor evoked potentials ? Sensory evoked potentials Novel assessments ? Contact heat potentials ? Reflex behaviour Rehabilitation robotics ? Lokomat ? ArmeoPower ? GRAIL
What is the aim of the project?
The student should know standard and novel assessments of spinal function as well as standard and novel rehabilitation trainings in patients with spinal cord injury.
What techniques and methods are used?
Standard assessments of SCI: International Standards for Neurological Classification of SCI Motor evoked potentials Sensory evoked potentials Novel assessments Contact heat potentials Reflex behaviour Rehabilitation robotics Lokomat ArmeoPower GRAIL
What is the role of the student?
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
The student will have the opportunity to do preliminary readings and attend lectures. The role of the student is to take part in all the department activities (neurological examinations of and physical trainings of patients).
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- No specific outcome is expected
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
This project requires contact with the patients, so the incoming students must speak german. We only accept medicine students. The student must have basic knowledge on: neurology, and clinical examination. There is no legal limitations in this project. The basic research skills will be acquired during the course of training.
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts: - Medical students
- Textbook of Neural Repair and Rehabilitation by M Selzer; S Clarke; L Cohen; G Kwakkel and R Miller
- Neurorehabilitation Technology by V Dietz; T Nef and W Z Rymer
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