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The role of Gait analysis in the process of decision making and in the evaluation of new treatment outcome in children with Cerebral Palsy.

Offered by

Politecnico di Milano

Location

Milan

Fields of Study

Engineering Studies, Medical, Pharmaceutical and Veterinary Medical Sciences

Working Languages

Italian, English

Programme

PhD Programme in Bioengineering

Department

Department of Electronic, Information and Bioengineering

Research Areas

Biomechanics of human movement for rehabilitation

PhD Full

Starting date:Nov 01, 2017
Duration:36 months

Collaboration with Brazilian research groups

Collaboration with Gait and movement analysis Lab Universidade Nove de Julho" (UNINOVE) di San Paolo (Brazil).

Collaboration with Unicamp (Universidade de Campinas) Campinas Brazil.

Collaboration with Fundação Universidade Federal de Ciências da Saúde de Porto Alegre, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Manuela Galli  has participated to these following program supported by Brazilian  grants:

1) Fapes (Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo) N. 2014/04648-8, Funding Line: Visiting Scientist from Abroad / Continuous Funding Stream. Title: Transcranial direct current stimulation associated with treadmill gait training in individuals after stroke: randomized clinical controlled study and double blind".Host Institution: UNINOVE, from 11.02.2014 to 11.06.2014.

2) Fapes N. 2013/13767-8, Funding Line: Regular Research Project / Continuous Funding Stream. Title: TRANSCRANIAL DIRECT CURRENT STIMULATION COMBINED WITH FUNCTIONAL TRAINING OF UPPER LIMBS IN CHILDREN WITH SPASTIC HEMIPARETIC CEREBRAL PALSY: RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED DOUBLE-BLIND CLINICAL TRIAL". Host Institution: Universidade Nove de Julho Campus Memorial/UNINOVEMEM/UNINOVE, from 1.4.2014 to 30.06.2014.

3) Fapes N. 2015/05179-4, Funding Line: RIA - Masters / Continuous Funding Stream. Title: TRANSCRANIAL DIRECT CURRENT STIMULATION COMBINED WITH TREADMILL TRAINING FOR STROKE SURVIVORS: PROPOSAL FOR A RANDOMIZED, CONTROLLED, CLINICAL TRIAL". Host Institution: UNINOVE, from 1.09.2015 to 31.10.2015.

4) Fapes N. 2016/03565-7, Funding Line: Visiting Scientist from Abroad / Continuous Funding Stream. Title: EFFECTS OF DIFFERENT MONTAGES OF TDCS ON FUNCIONALITY IN CHILDREN WITH CEREBRAL PALSY: CLINICAL TRIAL,RANDOMIZED, SHAM-CONTROLED, DOUBLE BLIND".Host Institution:UNINOVE, from 1.06.2016 to 31.07.2016.

5) Fapes N. 2016/11972-1, Funding Line: Request Assistance Research / Visiting Researcher EFFECTS OF DIFFERENT MONTAGES OF TDCS ON FUNCIONALITY IN CHILDREN WITH CEREBRAL PALSY: CLINICAL TRIAL,RANDOMIZED, SHAM-CONTROLED, DOUBLE BLIND". Host Institution: UNINOVE, from 11.09.2016 to 15.09.2016.

6)Fapes N. 2015/16541-6, Funding Line: hematic Research Project / Continuous Funding Stream. IMPACT OF ADDITIONAL SENSORY INFORMATION DURING GAIT IN CHILDREN WITH CEREBRAL PALSY ".Host Institution: Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde/CCBS/UFSCAR, dal 30.11.2016.

7) Fapes N. 2015/16541-6, Funding Line:RIA - Doctorate (applicant without MSc degree) / Continuous Funding Stream. NONLINEAR ANALYSIS OF GROUND REACTION FORCES DURING GAIT IN CHILDREN WITH CEREBRAL PALSY: THE IMPACT OF KINESIOTAPING APPLICATION"".Host Institution: Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde/CCBS/UFSCAR, from 30.11.2016.

Current projects

Project 1 Motion analysis and Cerebral palsy: The management of gait abnormalities in children with cerebral palsy (CP) is challenging and in the last years the evidenced based medicine approach is being mandatory. In this process the 3D-gait analysis (3DGA) has a fundamental role as it gives data about kinematics, kinetics and EMG able to quantify in detail the functional limitation of the gait, to evidence the more involved joints and to quantify the treatment outcomes. Taking into consideration the patient feature, the gait alteration and the treatment output based on 3D-gait analysis (3DGA) data, the aims of this project are: a) to analyse the 3DGA data-banks of two paediatric rehabilitation centre with a 20 years long experience in GA and CP, and based on this data b) to develop a probabilistic model to support clinicians in the decision making approach. This project is designed to assess with 3DGA the treatment outcomes and the impact of 3DGA treatment prognosis prediction.

Project 2: Protocols definition and biomechanical modelling for the evaluation of motor alteration in specific pathologies (Parkinson disease, Stroke, Down syndrome, … ) pre and post  treatments.

Special requirements

Knowledge of equipments and softwares  for motion analysis evaluation.  Knowledge of muscular skeletal system.

Other requirements

Ability to work in a team.

Contacts

Academic contact

Manuela Galli

tel:+390223993338

Institutional contact

Ursula Mulligan

tel:02 2399 9733 / 02 2399 9718