Home-use device to train cooperative hand movements in post-stroke patients

The main achievements of the firm’s innovation concern an extended understanding of the “neural coupling” mechanism underlying cooperative hand movements. The main novel observation concerns the modulation of neural coupling in different cooperative movements required during daily living tasks, from cutting bread to turning a screw. The firm has been researching the influence of a unilateral reduced sensation (by ischemia) on the neural coupling mechanism, with seemingly promising results.

Patients benefit from our approach to addressing the “neural coupling mechanism“ for patients who have had a stroke, so that the unaffected hemisphere supports the movement performance of the affected hand.

The newly developed small training device is designed to allow a training of cooperative movements at home. This makes rehabilitation more attractive. With this approach it is expected that an optimal outcome of hand function can be achieved after a stroke.

The firm is ready to begin testing the device in home rehabilitation of post-stroke subjects.

Dr. sc. ETH Zurich Miriam Schrafl
| Postdoctoral Researcher | ETH Zurich