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Our Partner Ri.MED has just got a paper out in the journal Biofabrication (IF 7.236)
I. Chiesa, C. De Maria, A. Lapomarda, G.M. Fortunato, F. Montemurro, R. Di Gesù, R.S. Tuan, G. Vozzi, R. Gottardi. “Endothelial cells support osteogenesis in an in vitro vascularized bone model developed by 3D bioprinting.” Biofabrication. Published online ahead of printing. Visit link: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1758-5090/ab6a1d

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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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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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ANIMUS attended the Science and Innovation Festival in Larissa that was held on 11-13 of October 2018. The event was hosted by the University of Thessaly on the occasion of the completion of its 30 years of operation. The Thessaly Science Festival brought to the public the unbreakable connection of science and technology to everyday life. The main objectives of the Festival were to inform the public on the high quality scientific research done in Greece, to provide answers to complex scientific issues, to inspire and create new standards in the field of science and, of course, to encourage young people to think about a career close to science.

During the interactive exhibition, the ANIMUS Recovery & Rehabilitation Centre in cooperation with the National Center for Research and Technology (CERTH) and the Department of Physical Education and Sports Science of University of Thessaly presented a system consisting of a 40cm x 60cm X 15cm force platform and a synchronized camera showing the human image and the ground response force, inviting individuals to participate in the tests that help the users learn how to place their body and knees to minimize unnecessary burden.

 

    

 

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