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Movement Assessment laboratory

The new service of the National Brain Mapping Laboratory

The Movement Assessment laboratory of the National Brain Mapping Laboratory was launched.

This laboratory includes two systems: the "Inertial Movement Unit (IMU)-Based Motion Capture System" and "Physical Activity Tracker."

IMU-Based Motion Capture System

Motion analysis is significant with its wide range of applications in medicine, medical engineering, sports science, and industries, such as sports performance analysis, monitoring, evaluation of movement, and human-machine interaction.

Minor changes in measuring human body movements can be vital in concluding different diseases. For the prevention and treatment of many diseases, these changes are significant. Therefore, accurate measurement of natural movement patterns without artificial movement will be very useful in therapeutic and health applications. The idea is that the system design does not cause any harm to the person and imposes the least weight on the patient's body.

The motor system of the brain is mainly located in the frontal lobes. It starts from the premotor areas to plan and coordinate complex movements and ends in the primary motor cortex, where the final output is sent to the spinal cord to cause the contraction and movement of specific muscles. For example, motor damage in an upper limb is one of the most common consequences of stroke and is considered the main disabling factor in ADL. Among other things that can be mentioned is ataxia. Ataxia is a group of disorders that affect coordination, balance, and speech.

Therefore, it will be vital to evaluate the movement of different muscles to analyze the brain map and its effect on various neurological diseases. In other words, this system is intended to interpret brain-muscle synergy studies that show that human subjects use immutable coding of movement patterns when performing limb movements.

Another application of motion capture and analysis is preventing athletes' injuries during sports or people's daily activities. In this context, we can mention things like modifying a sprinter's or child's walking pattern to reduce the possibility of injuries to the musculoskeletal system. It should be noted that the brain map of these athletes and subjects can be recorded during movement evaluation with other modalities. A hybrid analysis of limb movement and brain maps can be done.

Combining the mentioned system with other systems for recording signals and brain maps can open a new window for the country's researchers interested in neuroscience.

The hybrid Motion capture - virtual reality setup of the National Brain Mapping Laboratory allows researchers to achieve new research results by analyzing the signal recorded from the movements of the limbs while performing the virtual reality task.

With the increasing use of simulation software in movement and biomechanics and their use in the analysis and diagnosis of musculoskeletal system problems, it is evident that the measurement of kinematic parameters plays an essential role in this process.

Experts in this field

Mahak Osouli
Mahak Osouli
Mina Barati
Mina Barati
Alireza Rezaei Zangane
Alireza Rezaei Zangane

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