Breakthroughs unveiled at ISCoS 2023: ABLE Exoskeleton takes center stage

In a gathering of clinical professionals dedicated to advancing spinal cord injury prevention, research, management, and rehabilitation, the 62nd International Spinal Cord Society Annual Scientific Meeting (ISCoS 2023) took place from 8 – 11 October 2023 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in Scotland.

ISCoS meetings have long served as the epicentre for professionals in the field of neurorehabilitation, and this year’s event is no exception. Participants attended presentations, discussions and demonstrations of groundbreaking innovation, research and technologies that can have a great impact on the quality of life of people living with spinal cord injury.

 

Day 1 Highlights: Demonstrating the ABLE Exoskeleton

Our team is thrilled to have the opportunity to attend this event and showcase our product at such an international stage. With events like this one, we share our advancements with the medical community, meet new interested customers and gather critical feedback to continue improving our products.

Our pilot Callum Kilby and Louis Martinelli, therapist at Hobbs Rehabilitation, a leading neurorehabilitation clinic in the UK, accompanied us during the event, captivating ISCoS attendees with the use of the ABLE Exoskeleton. This innovative technology for neurorehabilitation is poised to redefine gait training for individuals with spinal cord injuries. The demonstration took place at booth number 7, where participants had the chance to witness the remarkable potential of this technology.

 

Day 2 Highlights: Collaboration and Cutting-Edge Research

Day 2 of ISCoS 2023 brought familiar faces to our booth, with collaborative efforts highlighted by representatives from our partners Heidelberg University Hospital (Germany) and Sint Maartenskliniek Hospital (Netherlands).

Franziska Herzog, physiotherapist at Heidelberg University Hospital, presented a poster on using lower-limb exoskeletons in community settings and testing the ABLE Exoskeleton in everyday situations. Her research highlights the importance of understanding user’s needs when developing new technologies for rehabilitation.

Day 3 Highlights: Exploring the Future of Exoskeletons

The final day at ISCoS 2023 brought a series of insightful presentations and discussions. Joan Lobo, control engineer at ABLE, led a session titled “Soft and rigid exoskeletons in people with spinal cord injury,” alongside with partners from Sint Maartensliniek Hospital. There, they discussed the importance of co-creation between clinicians, patients and engineers to create meaningful technology for neurorehabilitation.

Eline Zwijgers, researcher at Sint Maartenskliniek Hospital, followed with a presentation on the effect of vibrotactile feedback when using the ABLE Exoskeleton. Noël Keijsers, professor of clinical motor control, then shared his insights into the future of wearable exoskeletons and how to improve exoskeletons from a clinical perspective. The talks generated a lively audience discussion, with special recognition for Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ruediger Rupp from Heidelberg University Hospital for his challenging questions and contributions, that fostered a dynamic and engaging atmosphere.

Overall Summary: A Week of Innovation and Collaboration

As ISCoS 2023 concludes, the ABLE team expresses gratitude to everyone involved in the event, from our clinical partners that accompanied us and presented the results of the studies conducted with the ABLE Exoskeleton to the attendees discovering the device in the exhibition space. It was an unforgettable week in Edinburgh, with valuable interactions and new potential partnerships.

Special thanks to our partners from Hobbs Rehabilitation, Louis, and Callum, for their valuable contributions and enthusiasm during live demonstrations in the booth. Also to Rudiger Rupp and Franziska Herzog from Heidelberg University Hospital, and Noel Keijsers, Eline Zwijgers, Ilse van Nes, and Patrick Koomen from Sint Maartenskliniek, for inviting us to participate in the workshop discussion and their continued support in the booth, emphasizing the importance of clinical input during the design of rehabilitation technology. Together we will improve the quality of life of people with spinal cord injury!

 

 



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