Project: Rehabilitation Gaming System

Acronym RGS (Reference Number: aal-2008-1-119)
Duration 01/04/2009 - 01/04/2012
Project Topic Stroke represents one of the main causes of adult disability and will be one of the main contributors to the burden of disease in 2030 due to the aging of the world population . Hence, it will be the elderly who will be predominantly confronted with this burden and the sheer volume of stroke will fundamentally challenge our health care system. Many elderly people who have suffered a stroke return home relatively quickly despite often still suffering from impairments and disabilities that could require months of continuous rehabilitation to resume a normal life or at least to achieve an acceptable quality of life. The Rehabilitation Gaming System (RGS) consortium will develop and test a novel virtual reality based system for the at home personalized rehabilitation of the upper extremities of the elderly people who have chronic motor deficits after having suffered a stroke The RGS deploys an individualized and specific deficit oriented training that combines movement execution with the observation of a correlated action by virtual limbs that are displayed in a first-person perspective. The RGS is based on the neurobiological considerations that plasticity of the brain remains throughout life and can be utilized to achieve functional reorganization of areas affected by stroke by means of the activation of secondary motor areas such as the so called mirror neurons system. As a multi-level adaptive tool, the RGS provides a task oriented training with individualized graded complexity. Additionally, the system retains qualitative and quantitative information of the performance of the subject during the tasks, hence allowing for a detailed assessment of the deficits of the patient and their recovery dynamics. The RGS system will be tested under real User scenarios in Barcelona (ES) and Düsseldorf (DE). The consortium consists of technological providers (UPF, GTEC and TMotion), medical providers and user representatives (FTS, HUVH, HME and HHU).
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Project partner

Number Name Role Country
Fundació IMIM Spain
Fundación Privada Tic i Salut Spain
Guger Technologies OEG Austria
University Hospital Düsseldorf, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf Germany
Hospital del Mar i de la Esperança Spain
Hospital Vall d'Hebron Spain
Tyromotion GmbH Austria
Universitat Pompeu Fabra Spain