Motion Lab (Movement Opportunities And Technology Innovations For Neurorehabilitation Laboratory) offers professional skills in the development of advanced technologies in the field of biorobotics, neurorobotics, robotics for motor and sensory rehabilitation and biomechanics for diagnosis, rehabilitation, monitoring, the analysis of movement and of the risk falling, and the recovery of patient autonomy thanks to the synergies between bioengineers, doctors and rehabilitation professionals.
The main strands of research at the Motion Lab concern the study of movement (walking and spatial exploration with the upper limb) of subjects with different neurological pathologies. The design, development and validation of wearable robotic systems for neurological rehabilitation, applications of virtual reality rehabilitation treatments and tele-rehabilitation studies (for the continuity of care at the patient’s home) are also planned.
The laboratory is equipped with an optoelectronic system with six infrared cameras and two video cameras (VICON) coupled with two force platforms (AMTI). The analysis of kinematic and kinetic data provides a quantitative instrumental picture of the movement, from which to start in a functional way the therapeutic rehabilitative plan.
A thirty-two channel electromyograph (OBT) is part of the laboratory’s instrumentation, which allows the analysis of electrical signals coming from the muscles and provides information on the correct activation of the same.
The laboratory is also equipped with a system for the analysis of metabolic consumption for the evaluation of neurological patients with cardio-pulmonary involvement.
Motion Lab was activated in 2017 through a scientific and technological cooperation agreement between Casa di Cura Privata del Policlinico and the BioRobotics Institute of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.
The laboratory has as Scientific Directors Dott. Massimo Corbo (Scientific Director of CCPP) and Prof. Silvestro Micera (BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna), and collaborates with Dr. Antonio Caronni (Physiatrist) and of Dr. Peppino Tropea (Bioengineer).