Mirjana B. Popovic

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We designed a 24-field array and an on-line control box that selects which and how many of 24 fields will conduct electrical charge during functional electrical stimulation. The array was made using a conductive microfiber textile, silver two-component adhesive, and the conductive ink imprint on the polycarbonate. The control box comprised 24 switches that(More)
The gait disturbances in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients occur occasionally and intermittently, appearing in a random, inexplicable manner. These disturbances include festinations, shuffling, and complete freezing of gait (FOG). Alternation of walking pattern decreases the quality of life and may result in falls. In order to recognize disturbances during(More)
Functional electrical therapy (FET) is a new term describing a combination of functional electrical stimulation that generates life-like movement and intensive exercise in humans with central nervous system lesions. We hypothesized that FET can promote a significant recovery of functioning if applied in subacute stroke subjects. The study included 16 stroke(More)
Pathological tremor is manifested as an involuntary oscillation of one or more body parts. Tremor greatly decreases the quality of life and often prevents the patient from performing daily activities. We hypothesized that sensors-driven multichannel electrical stimulation could stabilize affected joints by activating the antagonistic muscles during(More)
Alternation of walking pattern decreases quality of life and may result in falls and injuries. Freezing of gait (FOG) in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients occurs occasionally and intermittently, appearing in a random, inexplicable manner. In order to detect typical disturbances during walking, we designed an expert system for automatic classification of(More)
This study introduces a Functional Electrical Therapy (FET) system based on sensor-driven electrical stimulation for the augmentation of walking. The automatic control relates to the timing of stimulation of four muscles. The sensor system comprises accelerometers and force-sensing resistors. The automatic control implements IF-THEN rules designed by(More)
The goal of this study was to investigate repetitive finger tapping patterns in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD), progressive supranuclear palsy-Richardson syndrome (PSP-R), or multiple system atrophy of parkinsonian type (MSA-P). The finger tapping performance was objectively assessed in PD (n=13), PSP-R (n=15), and MSA-P (n=14) patients and matched(More)
This paper describes a clinical randomized single-blinded study of the effects of Functional Electrical Therapy (FET) on the paretic arms of subjects with acute hemiplegia caused by strokes. FET is an exercise program that comprises voluntary arm movements and opening, closing, holding, and releasing of objects that are assisted by a neural prosthesis(More)
There are indications that both intensive exercise and electrical stimulation have a beneficial effect on arm function in post-stroke hemiplegic patients. We recommend the use of Functional Electrical Therapy (FET), which combines electrical stimulation of the paretic arm and intensive voluntary movement of the arm to exercise daily functions. FET was(More)