Two members of KSS AHSN’s Insights team have been able to showcase a project that supports children with cerebral palsy to an international audience.

The MOTION project is aiming to develop a lower body exoskeleton, paired with a smart garment, that acts as a walking aid and rehabilitation device for children with cerebral palsy.

Richard Lee-Wright, KSS AHSN’s Director of Insights, and Léa Quentin, Senior Analyst, attended the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics 17th World Congress in Kobe, Japan, to promote the EU-funded project.

The conference, which ran from October 5-8, was a unique interactive event where professionals involved in the care of those in need of prosthetic, orthotic, mobility, and assistive devices come together to learn about the latest scientific and clinical advances, products, innovative technologies, designs, and materials in prosthetic and orthotic care.

Commenting on the event Richard Lee-Wright said: “This was a fantastic opportunity to showcase this work to a key audience. We are able to engage with the participants and exhibitors to promote the project and explain how the relevant stakeholders could collaborate with the consortium.

“We also presented a poster about MOTION in the International Community Lounge, in the exhibition hall of the World Congress, and there was a great deal of interest in the project which, hopefully, will encourage greater collaboration with it from across the world.”

KSS AHSN attended the conference with another partner of the MOTION consortium, Mobilab & Care – a multidisciplinary centre of expertise conducting applied research into wellbeing and technology, part of the Thomas More University in Flanders, Belgium.

The MOTION project has received funding from the Interreg 2 Seas programme 2014-2020, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, and will last four years (2019-2022), gathering partners from the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.