Seminar announcement: “Model-driven neuroprostheses”

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Stanisa Raspopovic, EPFL, is giving the seminar “Restoring natural feelings from missing or damaged peripheral nervous system by model-driven neuroprosthesis: a new medical device for amputees and diabetics” at Politecnico di Milano, on September, 15th at 4.15pm in the DEIB Seminar room. More information can be found below:

Diabetic patients often experience diminished sensitivity from foot due to distal nerve degeneration, causing them to reduce care in the placing of the foot, which induce ulcers and eventually leads to limb amputation. Because of the lack of sensory feedback, amputees experience falls, perceive the prosthesis as a foreign body and do not rely on it during walking. My hypothesis is that robot integrated with patient’s nervous system will simultaneously: improve the gait quality of lower-limb amputees, improve the acceptance of leg-prostheses, augment robot’s efficiency and reduce costs related to misuse of non-sensorized leg prosthetics. Simultaneously this approach could address neuropathic pain, present in both groups of patients, thus improving quality of life and reducing health-care related costs. Neural pathways between the periphery and the brain are still functional above the damage or the amputation. Targeting these structures with peripheral neural interfaces could allow the restoration of natural sensory functionalities.

Short Bio
Stanisa Raspopovic got the PhD from Scuola Superiore Sant’ Anna, and worked the last years as the Senior Scientist at EPFL, Switzerland. His research interest is focused on the computational modelling, effective devices development and human testing, of innovative sensory prosthetics. He achieved a high international recognition for the groundbreaking translational research in sensory restoration in amputee patients, by means of neuroprosthetic intervention, achieving the force and texture recognition restoration. He already won several grants from EU and Switzerland in the role of a project leader. His work is on the border between engineering and medical translation, considering computational modelling signal processing device development animal and human experimentation.