Can robotic technology bring neurological assessment into the 21st century?
Stephen H. Scott
Centre for Neuroscience Studies, Dept. of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6 Canada
Location: KITE, University Health Network, Toronto
Date: June 28, 2021 at 12:00
Clinical assessment plays a crucial role in all facets of patient care, from diagnosing the disease or injury, to management of rehabilitation strategies to ameliorate dysfunction. However, most neurological assessment scales for sensorimotor function are subjective in nature with relatively coarse rating systems. Thus, small changes or minor impairments in neurological function, that may be important to injury/disease management, can go undetected.
For the last fifteen years, we have been exploring the potential of interactive robotics to objectively quantify brain function and dysfunction. This has led to the development of Kinarm Standard Tests, a broad-based assessment protocol that has been used in over 24 different neurological and non-neurological indications to provide essential information about the injury or disease. There are now over 100 Kinarm Labs in research institutions and hospitals around the world.
I will describe our suite of behavioural tasks to quantify sensory, motor and cognitive impairments associated with upper limb function in subjects with stroke and other injuries and diseases. I will highlight how this platform can provide a patient-centered approach to quantify brain dysfunction, track patterns of recovery and identify impairments associated with a number of neurological disorders/injuries even when traditional clinical measures cannot identify any impairments.
Stephen Scott holds the GSK Chair in Neuroscience and is a Professor in the Departments of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, and Medicine at Queen’s University. He has formal training in engineering and physiology, and uses this knowledge to explore how the brain controls our ability to move and interact in the environment as well as the use of robotic platforms to quantify brain function and dysfunction. A key to his research program is the development of robotic technology called Kinarm, that measures and modifies upper limb motor function. He co-founded and is Chief Scientific Officer of Kinarm, which commercializes this robotic technology for basic and clinical research.
Our 8th annual Kinarm Camp, will be held Monday, May 17 – Friday, May 21, 2021 ‘virtually’ from ~ 10 am EDT to 4 pm EDT
The objective of the Camp is to provide focused training on Custom Task development for Kinarm Labs. The five-day agenda is tailored to Basic Researchers and will provide hands-on learning on the use of MATLAB Simulink and Stateflow to develop Custom Task Programs for the Kinarm Lab. New users, graduate students, and post docs are all invited to attend. Clinical researchers with an interest in Custom Task development are also welcome to attend.
- Dexterit-E™ 3.9.0; and
- Dexterit-E Explorer™ 3.9.0
- New Kinarm Standard Tests
- Arm Movement Matching – the purpose of this test is to assess the ability of a subject to perceive motion of their arm in the horizontal workspace.
- Arm Posture Perturbation – the purpose of this test is to assess the ability of a subject to respond to unexpected disturbances of the arm when maintaining their hand at a spatial goal. (Exo only.)
- MATLAB 2019b support
- Input files for Task Programs – it is now possible to pass a user-generated file from the Dexterit-E Computer to the Robot Computer which can then be used in your Task Program. (This feature requires a Robot Computer with PN 13107 or higher.)
- See the release notes for Dexterit-E and Dexterit-E Explorer for a full list of new features.
When you upgrade to Dexterit-E 3.9, you will need to:
- upgrade to Dexterit-E Explorer 3.9.0 at the same time.
- Dexterit-E 3.9 uses a new file format to save exam data that is not backward compatible with previous (1.5 and earlier) releases of Dexterit-E Explorer.
- obtain the latest release of the Kinarm Analysis Scripts in order to load data recorded with Dexterit-E 3.9 or later. The updated MATLAB scripts are backwards compatible with previous releases and include several enhancements for usability and performance.
- contact email@example.com to obtain a new license key for Dexterit-E 3.9.
- As always, Dexterit-E Explorer does not require a license and can be run on any Windows 64 bit or Mac OSx computer.
All installers are available for download once logged into the Software Downloads page.
Like all businesses around the world, we are feeling the impacts of COVID 19. To keep you abreast of the impact, we’ve started this blog:
Do NOT upgrade your Dexterit-E/GUI Computer to Windows 10 without our Upgrade Kit!
As the Dexterit-E computer is customized to run your Kinarm Lab, the Windows operating system cannot be upgraded to Windows 10 without adversely affecting your Kinarm Lab. Dexterit-E will NOT work.
Our 7th annual Kinarm Camp, will be held Monday, June 8 to Friday, June 12, 2020 in Kingston, Ontario.
The objective of the Camp is to provide focused training on Custom Task development for Kinarm Labs. The five day agenda is tailored to Basic Researchers and will provide hands-on learning on the use of MATLAB Simulink and Stateflow to develop Custom Task Programs for the KINARM Lab. New users, graduate students, and post docs are all invited to attend. Clinical researchers with an interest in Custom Task development are also welcome to attend.
Kinarm’s development team is proud to release Dexterit-E 3.8.0 and Dexterit-E Explorer 1.5.0 with lots of improvements for usability and task development. We are thrilled to be able to deliver the long list of tangible improvements, both big and small, that this release offers. A complete list of changes is included in the release notes with each product. Below we’ve highlighted the main enhancements for each product.
To our valued Kinarm Lab users, collaborators and followers,
Today, June 27, 2019 is the day we announce our new company name: Kinarm.
BKIN is pleased to announce that our 6th annual KINARM Camp, will be held Monday, May 13 to Friday noon, May 17, 2019 in Kingston, Ontario.
As of 24-Jan-19, the camp is full and registration has ended. If you would like to be put on the waitlist, please email Anne at avivianscott @ bkintechnologies.com .