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Our partner University of Patras participated at the event “Patras Innovation Quest (Patras IQ)a Technology Transfer Exhibition” which was held on the 12th -14th of April 2019 in Patras, Greece.

The main objective of Patras IQ is to create a critical competitive advantage both in the research community as well as in the productive sector, through a constant effort to solve problems and apply innovative ideas for the development of new products and services and the optimization of existing ones, which aspire to conquer a part of the national and global market.

Patras IQ has been honored as the National winner and representative for the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA 2017), and has received the Education Business Award of 2016, and has been established as the continuous meeting of interconnection of know-how & innovation with entrepreneurship.

The exhibitoin is co-organized by University of Patras, the Ministry of Education, Research & Religious Affairs, the Ministry of Economy & Development, the Chamber of Achaia, the Region of Western Greece, the Hellenic Open University and the Technological Educational Institute of Western Greece.

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The Visualization and Virtual Reality Group has been selected by the European Commission as a finalist in the category “Tech of Society” for the Innovation Radar Prize 2019. The Innovation Radar is among others a “scouting” activity of the EC and aims to identify innovative research of single organizations in the context of European projects. Initially 40 finalists were selected spread in four categories. After online voting of the public the VVR group has been ranked 2nd in the Tech for Society category.  https://ec.europa.eu/futurium/en/innovation-radar-prize/tech-for-society-2019

Within the OActive project, University of Patras is interested in predicting the severity of osteoarthritis and then derive a personalized intervention strategy to delay the progression of the disease. To achieve this, they rely on automatic methods for creating multi-scale subject-specific finite element models of the knee from magnetic resonance images. These models are further constrained from experimentally measured kinematics and externally applied forces in order to simulate more complex movement behaviors like gait. Through simulation, the loading of the soft tissues is identified and is is decided how to change the habits of individuals through gait retraining and augmented reality.

There are two major outcomes related to this work. The first is related to the subject-specific modeling, simulation and analysis of the knee mechanics, which is of baseline research nature with long term goals targeting not only to osteoarthritis but planning of surgeries for anterior ligament reconstruction and knee replacement through simulation. The second is related to the development of a modular framework for extracting meaningful quantities from experimental measurements and musculoskeletal models in real-time. This can facilitate application in the broad field of rehabilitation, ergonomics, control of exoskeleton and assistive devices.

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We are proud to announce that our partner University of Patras is one of the 3 Finalist of the Innovation Radar Prize 2019 in the category “Tech for society” with their work whithin the frames of OActive Project. This prize category aims to recognise new technologies impacting society and citizens, developed in EU-funded research and innovation projects.

 

The Innovation Radar (IR) is a European Commission initiative to identify high potential innovations and innovators in EU-funded research and innovation projects.  The best EU-funded innovators have been identified to compete with their EU-funded innovation for the Innovation Radar Prize 2019.

 

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AXIA and the OActive project were at the EuroNanoForum 2019, during 12-14 June 2019, ENF19 is Europe’s largest networking conference focusing on nanotechnologies and advanced materials science, innovation and business. It is an event open to the scientific community, as well as to representatives from industry, research and innovation, and policy maker, which offers excellent opportunities to debate on cutting edge research and successful industrial implementations in the field.

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OActive project was present at the 12th Panhellenic Scientific Conference in Chemical Engineering (12 PESCHM), that took place on 29-30 May 2019, in Athens, Greece. A poster presentation from AXIA Innovation was given regarding Data Management Plan, while also flyers were distributed during the poster sessions and the sessions regarding “Biochemical Engineering – Biotechnology – Biomedical Engineering”.

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On 15 May 2019, OActive partners participated in the review meeting of the project that took place in Luxembourg. The meeting was held in order to assess the first 18 months of the project and discuss feedback on the activities carried out during this period. During the meeting, the project WP leaders presented their achievements to the Project officer and the reviewers, who provided useful comments on the progress of the project. For more information check our press release: https://www.oactive.eu/downloads/public-deliverables/ 

 

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University of Nicosia, the coordinator of OActive project is organising a one day Workshop on Osteoarthritis dedicated to the description of the European Research Program OActive and will serve as a recruitment day for early stage patients and persons with high risk to present OA. The workshop will be hosted by Apollonion Private Hospital of Nicosia, on Saturday 16th of March. Future treatments and methods of diagnosis will be analysed, while the workshop agenda includes topics related to: 1. “Osteoarthritis: What is it and how it is treated?”, 2. “OActive Research Program: Benefits of Program Participation” and 3.”Walking Analysis – How it Can Help You”.

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HULAFE, one of the partners of the OActive consortium will participate at the XXVIII congress of SVMEFR, which will take place on 1-2 March 2019, in Benidorm, Spain. SVMEFR is the annual Congress of Physicians Specialists in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of the Valencian Community. It is a national conference organised by the Rehabilitation Services of the Department of Health of Marina Baixa and the Valencian Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The event attracts high level scientists and the focus will be given to the topics of “Nervous Therapeutic Blocks” and “Brain damage”.

For more info visit: http://congresosvmefr.es/

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Two open access publications deriving from the results of the OActive EU projects are now available (January 2019). In particular, University of Patras has published the work “Stiffness Modulation of Redundant Musculoskeletal Systems ” at the Journal of Biomechanics and “Modeling musculoskeletal kinematic and dynamic redundancy using null space projection” at PLoS ONE. (see also our website’s publications section for the full articles: visit link)

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