Development of kinematic and muscle patterns in preterm infants (INFANTPATTERNS)
The first weeks and months after birth are critical for early sensorimotor development, with brain injury at this time often resulting in the later development of long-term neurodisabilities such as cerebral palsy. Despite this, the evolution of control patterns in this phase of life has never been systematically studied, due to the technical difficulties associated with accurately measuring infant movements and motor commands. This project will thus:
(i) measure for the first time the full body movements of preterm infants (using dedicated systems to accurately measure the force applied by the infants and their movement as well as high-density EMG);
(ii) identify the infants' movement patterns and their evolution during this critical phase after birth.
This ambitious project is feasible due to the extended expertise in human robotics of the supervisor at Imperial College London and the secondment with a strategic partner at the neonatal medicine department at Kings’ College London. This Marie Curie fellowship will give me a unique opportunity to create an innovative quantitative assessment and understanding of the developing motor function in infants, which has high potential for significant clinical and scientific impacts.
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- European Commission (EC) (Public, Belgium)