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Grand Rounds Seminars

Please join us for our upcoming Grand Rounds Seminars! Seminars will specify whether they are available for participation via Zoom, in-person, or both.

The seminar on May 30, 2024 will be in-person & online. 

Webinar Link: https:// 
Meeting ID: 
962 7633 6108

In-person Location: NUPTHMS- 645 N. Michigan Ave. | Rm. 800 (8th floor)

May 30, 2024 | 12:00pm (CST) 


Massimo Sartori, PhD

Title: Bridging between motor unit activity and resulting musculoskeletal function for a new paradigm of human-robot interaction

Abstract: Neuromuscular injuries leave millions of people disabled, and motor recovery is often suboptimal. The impact of current neurorehabilitation robots is limited by the lack of knowledge of their physical interaction with the human body. In this talk I will outline the work we’re conducting towards the creation of multi-scale models of human–robot interaction for novel closed-loop control paradigms. I will outline how we can use bio-recording and numerical modelling together to decode the activity of individual motor units in the intact human in vivo and causally link such activity to the resulting force-generating function for complete musculoskeletal systems of biological lower limb joints. The talk will show examples of how this paradigm can be used to understand how wearable devices such as exoskeletons and neuro-stimulators alter in vivo neuro-muscular function as well as how human-robot interfaces can be established to enable full volitional control of wearable robots for restoring movement following injuries.

Bio: My name is Massimo Sartori. I am a Full Professor and the Head of Chair of Neuromuscular Robotics at the University of Twente where I also direct the Neuromechanical Modelling & Engineering Lab. My research focuses on understanding how human movement emerges from the interplay between the nervous and the musculoskeletal systems. My goal is to translate such knowledge for the development of symbiotic assistive robots such as exoskeletons and bionic limbs. On these topics I have obtained blue-sky research funding including the European Research Council (ERC)’s Starting and Consolidator Grants. I have contributed to develop widely used open-source software (e.g., CEINMS, MyoSuite), have created patented technology with leading companies (e.g, OttoBock HealthCare, TMSi) and translated my work into clinical domains (e.g., with Sint Maartenskliniek, Roessingh Rehabilitation). I conducted my PhD (2009-2011) across the Universities of Padova (Italy), Western Australia (Australia) and Stanford (USA). I continued with a post-doc at the University of Göttingen (Germany, 2011) where I become Junior Research Group Leader in 2015. Since In April 2017 I joined the University of Twente where I am leading an expanding independent research group. Throughout my career I received awards (e.g. OpenSim Outstanding Research), was guest editor in academic journals (e.g. IEEE TBME, Front Comput Neurosci), and was Workshop Chair at leading congresses (e.g. IEEE BioRob 2018) in the field. I am currently chairing the IEEE RAS Technical Committee on BioRobotics. I am Associate Editor at the IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering. Moreover, I am a member of leading scientific societies spanning across the fields of robotics and biomechanics including: IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, IEEE International Consortium on Rehabilitation Robotics, and European Society of Biomechanics.

June 12, 2024 | 12:00pm (CST) 


Christopher M. Powers, PT, PhD, FACSM, FAPTA

Title: Mechanisms underlying knee pain and injury: A 30 year journey

Abstract: Over the past 30 years our group has taken a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the root causes of knee pain and injury. Using a combination of experimental methodologies, this journey has led to the perspective that knee pain and injury  is not an “isolated” joint problem, but instead the result of abnormal lower extremity mechanics in which faulty hip mechanics likely play an important role. This work has led to the development of hip-focused approaches for two common knee conditions namely patellofemoral pain and ACL injury.

Bio: Dr. Christopher Powers is Professor and Associate Chair in the Division of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California. His research and teaching interests relate to the biomechanical aspects of human movement. Specifically, his research focuses on how altered kinematics, kinetics and muscular actions contribute to lower-extremity injury. Dr. Powers has published over 200 research articles is recognized nationally and internationally for his work related patellofemoral joint dysfunction and ACL injury.

Upcoming Grand Rounds Seminars

Massimo Sartori, PhD
Professor and Chair of Neuromechanical Engineering
University of Twente
May 30, 2024

Christopher Powers, PT, PhD, FASCM, FAPTA
Professor/Associate Chair
USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy
DPT Student Choice Speaker 
June 12, 2024

July 17, 2024

Cara Lewis, PT, PhD
Program Director, Rehabilitation Sciences and Associate Professor, Physical Therapy
Boston University
September 11, 2024





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