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SibMed scientists developed a virtual simulator for suffered of stroke


Scientists of Siberian State Medical University (SibMed) created a virtual simulator for restoring of motor functions in patients who suffered a stroke; in the future, the simulator is planned to be combined with the exoskeleton elements, which will be selected individually for each patient, the press service of the university said on Tuesday.

It is noted that for the development of the basics of robotic neurorehabilitation SibMed scientists received a grant from the Russian Science Foundation, at the expense of which preclinical studies will be conducted. The project involves specialists from Tomsk Mental Health Research Institute, Tomsk Polytechnic Institute and Rubius innovative company. Within the framework of the project they created a virtual simulator for restoring of motor functions in people who had a stroke.

"The simulator – is a game in virtual reality. It's based on the principle of biofeedback: a person sees as if from the side his image, which repeats all his movements, and thanks to the video capture system, the restoration of motor functions is take place", – the press service quotes the associate professor of SibMed Department of Medical and Biological Cybernetics Ivan Tolmachev.

At the next stage of the study, elements of the exoskeleton will be added to the system – robotic hand and leg. Mechanisms were developed by SibMed partner in the project – Tomsk company "Android Technics". Scientists expect to develop the scientific basis of neurorehabilitation and methods of drawing up personalized programs for each patient, is emphasized in the message.

"Now we are taking biomaterials from patients and analyzing the factors of neuroplasticity. We perform neuromyographic studies: we record muscular activity, muscle safety prior to the beginning of robotic rehabilitation. In the near future we will begin the recovery of these patients with the use of exoskeleton", – the Head of SibMed Department of Medical and Biological Cybernetics Konstantin Brazovsky is quoted.

It is noted that the first rehabilitation with robots will be undergone by patients of Tomsk Regional Stroke Center, and the individual program can be designed for a period of up to three years.