Kessler Foundation and Children’s Specialized Hospital improve children’s mobility using Xsens technology

23 Oct 2015

Kessler Foundation and Children’s Specialized Hospital collaborate on a rehabilitation research program that aims to advance care and establish evidence-based practices for children with a variety of disabilities and complex medical needs. A particular goal of this program is to improve mobility in children with various challenges, including brain and spinal cord injuries.

To advance their collaborative research, these two New Jersey-based organizations have acquired the MVN BIOMECH and MTw systems from Xsens. The MVN BIOMECH allows investigators to easily analyze human movement in settings that are typically challenging for camera-based systems, whereas the MTw Devkit facilitates the development of custom applications for interactive movement measurement.

Dr. Peter Barrance (Senior Research Scientist at Kessler Foundation and Clinical Research Scientist at Children’s Specialized Hospital) comments: “In our studies of mobility in the pediatric population, two priorities for a motion measurement technology became apparent. First, we looked for the ability to collect data outside of the laboratory, and second, we looked for a system with short set-up times. Our acquisition of the MVN Biomech system fulfills our top priorities. We have also successfully used Xsens’ MTw Devkit to develop a prototype real-time movement monitoring application. Utilizing these new technologies in our research studies will help us develop interventions that complement the abilities of young people with a variety of diagnoses that affect mobility.”

Kessler Foundation, a major nonprofit organization in the field of disability, is a global leader in rehabilitation research that seeks to improve cognition, mobility and long-term outcomes, including employment, for people with neurological disabilities caused by diseases and injuries of the brain and spinal cord. Kessler Foundation leads the nation in funding innovative programs that expand opportunities for employment for people with disabilities.
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Children’s Specialized Hospital is the nation’s leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care for children from birth to 21 years of age facing special health challenges — from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral issues like autism and mental health. At thirteen different New Jersey locations, our pediatric specialists partner with families to make our many innovative therapies and medical treatments more personalized and effective…so children can achieve more of their goals.
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