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Mendoza has new robot for neurological rehabilitation

It was presented at the Ibero-American Conference on Technologies in Rehabilitation. It's a robotic ankle exoskeleton for patients with neurological
| 13 January, 2020 |

Mendoza is a pioneer in rehabilitation technologies, in this conference gathered researchers from the areas of health, engineering and education. The objective was to publicize the technological advances in the field of rehabilitation, strengthening cooperation links and enabling transfer of research and development projects in favor of people with disability.

In this way, at the Aula Magna of the Lencinas hospital , outstanding researchers from United States, Brazil, Spain and engineers from UNCuyo, UTN and National University of San Juan.

Robotic ankle exoskeleton

The day presented arobotic ankle exoskeleton, electro-mechanical systems coupled to the limbs of the human body focused on increasing its strength, speed and performance, mainly.

In this way, the project aims to measure the effects of passive stretching, combined with active and resisted movement, accompanied by visual feedback, using playful interactive software using low-cost Monoarticular Robot “MEXO.”

For his part, theSpanish engineer, José María Azorín, of the Ibero-American networkof exoskeletons, said he was very pleased that Mendoza is associated with this network: “Exoskeletons usually remain in research prototypes. They end up being very expensive and never reach communities. For you to have an idea, a prototype can cost 50,000 euros. The ones we manufacture on the net are worth 5,000.”

This group of professionals, from 15 different countries, works in an interdisciplinary way to ensure that scientific advances reach different spaces and especially the health of different communities.

Rehabilitation Service of the Lencinas Hospital

Mendoza has a rehabilitation network made up of different hospitals that have as a reference base the Néstor Lencinas Hospital, where interdisciplinary. This care is intended for patients who have sequelae of neurological, rheumatological, traumatological and pulmonary diseases.

For his part, the Assistant Secretary of Health, Oscar Sagás, highlighted the great work that is being carried out in the Lencinas: “In this service there are about 1500 monthly benefits, serving more than 150 patients per month, where also includes technologies in rehabilitation such as virtual reality, which currently serves 30 patients.”

Recently, the Rehabilitation Service has a robotic ankle exoskeleton MEXO, a prototype of research, developed by the Neurorehabilitation Group of the Cajal Institute (CSIC Spain), as a Research and Development Project, with which the professionals of the Hospital will carry out research work for validate its use and verify its viability as a rehabilitation tool. In this way, part of the project was funded by DICYT, CSIC and Reasiste.

Source: MDZ On Line

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