Centre for Rehabilitation Engineering

Centre for Rehabilitation Engineering

The Centre for Rehabilitation Engineering (CRE) at the University of Glasgow (Hunt, Gollee,Vuckovic) works on fundamental and applied research in the application of engineering technologies within spinal cord injury medicine. The CRE has premier engineering expertise which links closely to clinical needs via long-standing research partnership with the Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit. Through partnership with Hasomed GmbH and Anatomical Concepts Ltd, the CRE has succeeded in bringing novel clinical products to market, including the RehaBike, a recumbent tricycle system which allows people with paraplegia to cycle using functional electrical stimulation (FES) of the paralysed leg muscles (http://www.fescycling.com/).

Areas of research in the CRE include lower-limb paraplegic cycling, active treadmill therapy using partial body-weight support and robotic assistance, control of balance during standing, abdominal stimulation for cough and respiratory function, FES-assisted arm-cranking in tetraplegia, brain-computer interfaces for neuroprostheses, and modelling of stimulated muscle. The research carefully examines the effect of technology-enabled interventions on health-related outcomes such as bone integrity and cardiopulmonary fitness. These aspects are studied using state-of-the-art techniques including peripheral quantitative computed tomography (pQCT) and breath-by-breath cardiorespiratory monitoring.

The work of the CRE and partners was highlighted recently in a video film distributed in the UK to all members of Spinal Injuries Scotland and the Spinal Injuries Association. The video can be viewed online at http://fesnet.eng.gla.ac.uk/CRE/.