The aim of the RETRAINER project is to tune and validate advanced, robot-based technologies to facilitate recovery of arm and hand function in stroke survivors and to verify extensively the use of the system by end-users. RETRAINER allows the users to use their own arm and hand as much and as soon as possible after the trauma so to achieve the best outcomes in rehabilitation. A continuous iterative process between the technology development and the testing feedback is driving the whole project.
The RETRAINER project builts its prototypes on the results of the previous FP7 project MUNDUS aimed at supporting arm and hand of people with severe disabilities in performing daily activities
Two prototypes, named S1 and S2, were developed within the first 18months of RETRAINER. S1 is devoted to support arm movement in reaching and pointing tasks; S2 is aimed at supporting wrist extension/flexion and grasping movements
The RETRASINER prototypes are undergoing wide clinical validation. More than 100 stroke survivors with arm and hand impairment have already been recruited to assess acceptance and efficacy of robot assisted rehabilitation of the upper limb
Early clinical results and suggestions on system usability by clinicians, therapists and patients have been taken into account and the final system design to better address market needs is under development
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 644721
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