Individuals with Parkinson’s disease have trouble adapting to novel situations. A paper by Maarten van den Heuvel and colleagues from VU University and VU medical center in the Dutch journal Neuropraxis discusses the role of so-called bèta oscillations in the brain in motor adaptation in patients with Parkinson's disease.
Congress on demography
On occasion of the Congress on Demography, Michael Brach has been invited to Berlin and to give a talk. He presented the projects "fit for 100", WHOLE and ACTIMENTIA. Prof. Dr. Ursula Lehr (Heidelberg, former Federal Minister of Health) and Dr. Karin Fehres (Board of German Olympic Sports Confederation) gave the other talks of the forum.
ZIM-grant awarded for the development of an intelligent seatbelt
The Department of Movement Science was awarded a financial grant from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie, BMWi) that will help the development of an innovative seatbelt. The grant proposal was written together with four other partners from industry and academics and falls within the scope of the so-called "Central Innovation Programme for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)”. Involved in the 2-year project on behalf of the Department of Movement Science will be Maarten van den Heuvel.
From the 9th until the 12th of December, a team of IfS-students from both the Bachelor and Master of Science programs are taking part in the Ability Battle, the first international hackathon event in Human Movement Sciences. The Ability Battle creates an educational challenge that aims to optimally employ advanced technologies for life with disabilities. Each team gets 72 hours to work on a solution to a real-life problem. Click the link above to read more, or follow the IfS-Team on Facebook!
On February 15th, a group of students and teachers of the BSc and MSc-Programs "Sports, Exercise and Human Performance" travelled to Enschede, The Netherlands for a visit to Roessingh Research and Development (RRD). RRD is an internationally recognized scientific institute where a wide range of disciplines such as rehabilitation medicine, movement sciences, psychology, physiotherapy, biomedical sciences and computer sciences work together on current and future innovations in rehabilitation and chronic care. A total of sixteen students joined the visit, which was organized by Cassandra Kraaijenbrink of the Department of Movement Science. [more]