University of Kent and East Kent Hospital collaboration highlighted at US Conference

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Dr Mohamed Sakel recently attended the 2012 Conference of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) and presented 3 original research papers involving collaboration between the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Trust and the Schools of Psychology and Engineering & Digital Arts at the University of Kent. The topics were:

  • Patients with hemi-spatial neglect are more prone to limb spasticity, but the former prolong hospital stay. Mo Sakel, Sarah-Jayne Camp, Lara Hammond & David Wilkinson.
  • Developing a vision-based gesture recognition system to control assistive technology in neuro-disability. Mo Sakel, Farzin Deravi, Konstantinos Sirlantzis, Matthew Pepper & S.P.Guness.
  • Using an inertial sensor-based novel system to assess upper limb movement in brain injury. Mo Sakel, L. Bai, Matthew Pepper, Professor Y. Yan & Professor S. K. Spurgeon.

During the conference, Dr Wilkinson, Dr Deravi and Professor Spurgeon were elected as Faculty members of the ACRM conference2012. Dr Sakel, a consultant and Director of the EKHUFT Neurorehabilitation Centre, stated ‘I am pleased to be able to attend this conference and talk about the fruits of our excellent collaboration. There are many opportunities to expand this work and provide enhanced benefits for patients’. Following the success of his presentations, he was asked to join the ACRM International Networking Group for Cross Border Research Collaboration and will be an organiser of a special Symposium during the 2013 ACRM Conference in November.

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