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Protocol to assess posture control distinguished at the DoCEIS 2020

by IT on 15-07-2020
The work entitled “Development and Validation of an Experimental Protocol to Evaluate Posture Control” won the Best Paper Award. (see more)

Daniel Osório, a PhD student from the Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia of the University Nova of Lisbon (FCT-UNL) was the winner of the Best Paper Award for the paper “Development and Validation of an Experimental Protocol to Evaluate Posture Control”, in the 11th Advanced Doctoral Conference on Computing, Electrical and Industrial Systems – DoCeis 2020. This year, due to the restrictions imposed by the pandemic crisis, the event took place online, between July 1-3.

The other co-authors were Hugo Silva, from the Pattern and Image Analysis group of IT in Lisbon, and Hugo Gamboa (FCT-UNL), both supervisors of Daniel´s PhD, and also Emanuela Teixeira, Fernando Pimentel-Santos and Cláudia Quaresma (all from FCT-UNL).

“Maintaining a stable upright position and body orientation are fundamental tasks to perform everyday activities and ensure the quality of life. The ability to maintain these can be damaged by various pathologies/disfunctions, such as having a stroke and aging. Therefore, it is important to quantify how the postural control reacts to different situations and how it is affected by different pathologies, which could bring a big contribution in a clinical context, by helping to diagnose pathologies that can bring postural impairments”, explains Hugo Silva. In the awarded paper an experimental protocol was developed that combines both electromyography and posturography. To help validate this protocol, 53 patients (43 healthy and 10 stroke patients) performed it twice within a two-week period. By comparing the results from the two runs, it was possible to assess that these were not statistically different, and thus prove that the protocol is a viable tool to build a normative database.