With their user-friendly measurement instrument for the quantification of spasticity, Jules Becher and Jaap Harlaar aim to revolutionise therapy in children with spasticity. Becher explains that the cause of spastic muscles can be of neurophysiological or biomechanical origin, each requiring specific therapy. By employing three different sensors the new device can pinpoint the precise cause of spastic muscle so that the most effective therapeutic approach can be applied.
According to Harlaar the development of the new device has until now taken approximately three years. “From the onset we had a clear concept of the device, but to translate that into a product of clinical value sure takes some time. It has to be convenient to apply, affordable, and comprehensible, to name the most important aspects.” Becher and Harlaar realised their instrument would not find its way into clinical practice until the underlying knowledge had become commonplace. That is why they organised two European Consensus Meetings among physicians and scientists working in paediatric and adult neurorehabilitation, underpinning the diagnostic relevance of their device. The enthusiastic feedback confirmed they are on the right track.
The Physics2Market fund offered researchers the opportunity to take physics research from lab to society. For example, by building a prototype or proof-of-concept study, collaborations with companies emerged. Raoul Frese – assistant professor at the Faculty of Science, Biophysics Photosynthesis/Energy at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam – received the last Physics2Market subsidy to further develop material to […]
The academic incubator facility Amsterdam Venture Studios has found its place in the heart of five campus locations in Amsterdam (Startup Village on Amsterdam Science Park, LawHub on Roeterseiland, AVS VU Campus, AVS Humanities Lab on City Centre Campus, HvA Venture Centre at the campus in Zuidoost and AVS ahti near AMC also in Zuidoost). […]
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