This flagship takes a holistic approach to ‘whole body’ movement rehabilitation following an injury by bringing together academic researchers, clinicians, patients and industry to tackle neuro-physiological repair and develop effective assistance that promotes functional independence.
Moving Forward: From Brain to Muscle and Beyond
Dr Rui Loureiro
“Our flagship will have a strong user involvement, inspire the younger generations and galvanise experts to tackle the challenges ahead through collaboration”
“As an orthopaedic surgeon I have seen the impact of excellent engineering solutions for my patients and I believe there are more engineering innovations to come”
The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Stanmore
The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust (RNOH) is the largest orthopaedic hospital in the UK, and is regarded as a leader in the field of orthopaedics both in the UK and world-wide.
The RNOH provides a comprehensive range of neuro-musculoskeletal health care, ranging from acute spinal injury or complex bone tumour to orthopaedic medicine and specialist rehabilitation for chronic back pain sufferers. This broad range of services is unique within the NHS.
The UCL Aspire Centre for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology
The UCL Aspire Centre for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology based at the Stanmore campus, performs translational research that will ultimately improve the quality of life of people with spinal cord injuries (SCIs). Aspire CREATe blends assistive technology with advanced rehabilitation devices to actively promote the restoration of function. Although the driving force behind our research is SCI, we are not limited to this domain and so much of our research is also applicable to related areas of interest, such as stroke, muscular dystrophy and the ageing population.
Epidural Stimulation for Spinal Cord Injury
Research has demonstrated that epidural stimulation can restore coordinated locomotion in patients suffering from paralysis as a result of severe spinal cord injury.
The Analogue and Biomedical Electronics Group in the UCL Electronic Engineering Department have recently developed, in cooperation with the Implanted Devices Group in the UCL Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering, a wirelessly powered and operated, fully implantable, multi-site, multi-mode epidural prosthesis.
Mechanical Engineering for Movement
The Research Department of Materials and Tissue is located on the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust (RNOH) site at the Stanmore campus, with geographically separate components across the site, including the Centre for Materials research, the Centre for Tissue and Cell Research, the Aspire Centre for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology and a newly formed Clinical Trials Unit as a partnership between RNOH and UCL.
Neuroscientists and biomedical engineers who specialise in tissue engineering, artificial joints, stem cells, nerve grafts, neuroprosthesis, neuromodulation, biomechanics, medical robotics and rehabilitation engineering will work together to create novel solutions.