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The MAL has launched a study entitled “EMG modules as a novel biomarker of basal ganglia plasticity in Parkinson’s disease”. The study funded by the Michael J. Fox Foundation aims to identify specific characteristics of muscle activity that could be linked to changes within the brain that are associated with Parkinson’s disease.

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Charlestown, MA 02129

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Susan Regan
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Conference Proceedings

Our lab participates in many conferences. Catch up on our presentations:

  1. Fabara E, O’Brien A, Vergara-Diaz G, Adans-Dester C, Bonato P, “Usability of a new over-ground bodyweight support device (Andago 2.0) for gait training”, 93rd Annual Conference of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Chicago (Illinois), October 30 – November 4, 2016
  2. Carvalho GF, Vergara-Diaz G, Scarton A, Adans-Dester C, Vivas Miranda JG, Zacharia I, Grossi D, Zafonte R, Bonato P, “Augmenting back pain exercise therapy using an interactive gaming-based intervention in the home setting”, 93rd Annual Conference of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Chicago (Illinois), October 30 – November 4, 2016
  3. O’Brien A, Scarton A, Adans-Dester C, Murby JE, Lori LA, Bonato P, “Robotic-assisted gait training as part of the rehabilitation program in persons with traumatic and anoxic brain injury”, 93rd Annual Conference of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Chicago (Illinois), October 30 – November 4, 2016
  4. Adans-Dester C, Lee SI, Patel S, O’Brien A, Vergara-Diaz G, Black-Schaffer R, Zafonte R, Bonato P, “Using Wearable Motion Sensors to Estimate Longitudinal Changes in Movement Quality in Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors Undergoing Rehabilitation”, 93rd Annual Conference of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Chicago (Illinois), October 30 – November 4, 2016
  5. Vergara-Diaz G, Dussan-Sarria JA, Dominguez-Iglesia M, O’Brien A, Adans-Dester C, Lui SK, Bonato P, “Retrospective analysis of clinical practice data of robot-assisted gait training in patients with spinal cord injury”, 93rd Annual Conference of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Chicago (Illinois), October 30 – November 4, 2016
  6. Kanzler C, Lee SI, Daneault JF, Golabchi FN, Hannink J, Pasluosta C, Eskofier B, Bonato P, “Home Monitoring of Drug Response in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease Using Wearable Sensors”, Wireless Health 2016, Bethesda (Maryland), October 25-27, 2016
  7. Eskofier BM, Lee SI, Daneault JF, Golabchi FN, Ferreira-Carvalho G, Vergara-Diaz G, Sapienza S, Costante G, Klucken J, Kautz T, Bonato P, “Recent Machine Learning Advancements in Sensor-Based Mobility Analysis: Depp Learning for Parkinson’s Disease Assessment”,38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Orlando (Florida), August 16-20, 2016
  8. Cheung VCK, Severini G, Bonato P, Turolla A, Cheung RTH, Neuromotor Modules as Markers of Diseased States and Progress of Motor Recovery, XXI Congress of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology, Chicago (Illinois), July 5-8, 2016
  9. Golabchi FN, Severini G, Reaston P, Reaston M. Bonato P, Estimating Expert-Based Functional Assessment Scores Using Sensor Data, XXI Congress of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology, Chicago (Illinois), July 5-8, 2016
  10. Liu L, Bonato P, Clancy T, Comparison of Five Methods for Estimating Motor Unit Firing Rates from Firing Times, XXI Congress of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology, Chicago (Illinois), July 5-8, 2016
  11. Lee SI, Daneault JF, Weydert L, Bonato P, A Novel Flexible Wearable Sensor for Estimating Joint Angles, Body Sensor Network, San Francisco (California), June 14-17, 2016
  12. Adans-Dester C, Scarton A, Paganoni S, Daneault JF, O’Brien A, Severini G, Bonato P, Robot-Assisted Gait Training in Individuals with Primary Lateral Sclerosis: A Case Serie, 9th World Congress for NeuroRehabilitation, Philadelphia (Pensilvania), May 10-13, 2016
  13. Palmerini L, Patel S, Chiari L, Shih L, Bonato P, Monitoring Bradykinesia in Parkinson’s Disease Patients Who Had Undergone Deep Brain Stimulation by Using Wearable Sensors, Wireless Health, Bethesda (Maryland), October 14-16, 2015
  14. Lee SI, Adans-Dester CP, Vergara-Diaz G, Mascia G, Patel S, Black-Schaffer R, Zafonte R, Bonato P, Using Wearable Motion Sensors to Estimate Longitudinal Changes in Movement Quality in Stroke Survivors Undergoing Rehabilitation, Wireless Health, Bethesda (Maryland), October 14-16, 2015
  15. Tran D, Pajaro M, Daneault JF, Gallegos J, Iaccarino MA, Fregni F, Bonato P, Zafonte R, A Multifaceted Approach to the Enhancement of Motor Recovery after Stroke, 92nd Annual Conference of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Dallas (Texas), October 25-30, 2015
  16. Bonzi L, Vergara-Diaz G, Dubbe A, Coldwell M, Severini G, Nimec D, Niemi J, Bonato P, Upper-Limb Rehabilitaiton in Children with Cerebral Palsy Using a Multi-Touch Table, 76th Annual Assembly American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Boston (Massachusetts), October 1-4, 2015
  17. Vergara-Diaz G, Domínguez-Iglesia M, Dussán-Sarria J, Crandell D, Bonato P, Risk Factors of Reamputation or Amputation of the Contralateral Lower Limb in Amputees with Dysvascular Disease, 76th Annual Assembly American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Boston (Massachusetts), October 1-4, 2015
  18. Adans-Dester C, Scarton A, Daneault JF, Vega V, Severini G, Sawacha Z, Della Croce U, Bonato P, Evaluation of a Robotic Knee Brace during the Performance of Functional Tasks in Stroke Survivors, 16th National Congress of the Italian Society of Movement Analysis, Padua (Italy), September 30 – October 3, 2015
  19. Severini G, Koenig A, Bonato P, Analysis of Muscle Activity Patterns Reveals Different Adaptation Strategies in Response to Differrent Perturbations during Walking, 37h Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Milan (Italy), August 25-29, 2015
  20. Lee SI, Daneault JF, Golabchi FN, Patel S, Paganoni S, Shih L, Bonato P, A Novel Method for Assessing the Severity of Levodopa-Induced Dyskinesia using Wearable Sensors, 37h Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Milan (Italy), August 25-29, 2015
  21. Cheung V, Devarajan K. Severini G, Turolla A, Bonato P, Decomposing Time Series Data by a Non-negative Factorization Algorithm with Temporally Constrained Coefficients, 37h Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Milan (Italy), August 25-29, 2015
  22. Lee SI, Ozsecen MY, Toffola L, Daneault JF, Puaitti A, Patel S, Bonato P, Activity Detection in Uncontrolled Free-Living Conditions Using a Single Accelerometer, Body Sensor Network, Boston (Massachusetts), June 9-12, 2015
  23. Schneider JC, Ozsecen MY, Muraoka N, Mancinelli C, Della Croce U, Ryan CM, Bonato P. Assessment of an interactive video game system for upper extremity burn contractures.  J Burn Care Res 2015; 36: S187, 47th Annual Meeting of the American Burn Association, Chicago (Illinois), April 21-24, 2015
  24. Cancela J, Gonzalez EM, Arredondo MT, Bonato P, Designing Auditory Cues for Parkinson’s Disease Gait Rehabilitation, 36h Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Chicago (Illinois), August 26-30, 2014
  25. Ozsecen YM, Della Croce U, Bonato P, Estimation of the Anatomical Shoulder and Elbow Angles using the ArmeoSpring Exoskeleton System, 7thWorld Congress of Biomechanics, Boston (Massachusetts), July 6-11, 2014
  26. Patel S, Puiatti A, Niemi J, Williamson L, Nelson A, Roubenoff R, Goldhahn J, Bonato P, Assessing Fall-Detection Technology for Use in Clinical Trials, 7th World Congress of Biomechanics, Boston (Massachusetts), July 6-11, 2014
  27. Bonato P, Advances in Robot-Assisted Gait Training, 7th World Congress of Biomechanics, Boston (Massachusetts), July 6-11, 2014
  28. Severini G, Koenig A, Lesniewski-Laas N, Cajigas I, Niemi J, Bonato P, A Novel Technique for Improving Response to Perturbations during Robotic-Assisted Treadmill Walking, 7th World Congress of Biomechanics, Boston (Massachusetts), July 6-11, 2014
  29. Patel S, Puiatti A, Niemi J, Williamson L, Nelson A, Roubenoff R, Goldhahn J, Bonato P, Is Available Fall-Detection Technology Suitable for Use in Clinical Trials?, International Conference of Frailty in Sarcopenia Research, Barcelona (Spain), March 12-14, 2014
  30. Tran D, Pajaro-Blazquez M, Bonato P, Zafonte R, Galleogos J, Combining Robotic-Assisted Therapy and Pharmacotherapy in Post-Stroke Rehabilitation, 2014 Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting, Nashville (Tennessee), February 25 – March 1, 2014
  31. Bonato P, Clinical Applications of Mobile Health Technology, 35th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Osaka (Japan), July 3-7, 2013
  32. Casini D, Severini G, Bonato P, LaValley M, Gross KD, Lee I, Fielding R, Lewis CE, Nevitt M, Torner J, White JD, The Association of the Frequency and Duration of Sedentary Behaviors with Walking Speed in Older Adults: The MOST Study, 3rd International Conference on Ambulatory Monitoring of Physical Activity and Movement, Amherst (Massachusetts), June 17-19, 2013
  33. Strohrmann C, Patel S, Mancinelli C, Deming LC, Chu JJ, Greenwald R, Troster G, Bonato P, Automated Assessment of Gait Deviations in Children with Cerebral Palsy using a Sensorized Shoe and Active Shape Models, Body Sensor Network 2013, Boston (Massachusetts), May 6-9, 2013
  34. Paganoni S, Patel S, Macinelli C, Tarsy D, Shih L, Bonato P, Using Accelerometer Data for Estimating Clinical Scores of Motor Impairment in Parkinson’s Disease, 2013 Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting, New Orleans (Louisiana), March 6-10, 2013
  35. Coscia M, Cheung VCK, Tropea P, Koenig A, Monaco V, Bennis C, Micera S, Bonato P, Effect of Gravity Compensation on Upper Limb Muscle Synergies during Reaching: Preliminary Results from Healthy Subjects, First International Conference on NeuroRehabilitation, Toledo (Spain), November 14-16, 2012
  36. Pajaro-Blazquez M, Shetye R, Gallegos-Salazar J, Bonato P, Robotic-Assisted Gait Training in Children with Cerebral Palsy in Clinical Practice, First International Conference on NeuroRehabilitation, Toledo (Spain), November 14-16, 2012
  37. Krystyna GP, Karwowski W, Hancock PA, Marras WS, Bonato P, Multidisciplinary concepts in ergonomic design and individual differences in performance, Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2012 Annual Meeting, Boston (Massachusetts), October 22-26, 2012
  38. Beuchat NJB, Cajigas I, Smith MA, Bonato P, Inferring motor adaptation dynamics from the Force-Field Adaptation Paradigm using the Expectation-Maximization algorithm, Neuroscience 2012, New Orleans (Louisiana), October 13-17, 2012
  39. Pietrusinski M, Severini G, Cajigas I, Mavroidis C, Bonato P, Design of a Gait Training device for control of pelvic obliquity, 34th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, San Diego (California), August 28-September 1, 2012
  40. Mancinelli C, Patel S, Deming L, Nimec D, Chu JJ, Beckwith J, Greenwald R, Bonato P, A Novel Sensorized Shoe System to Classify Gait Severity in Children with Cerebral Palsy, 34th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, San Diego (California), August 28-September 1, 2012
  41. Patel S., Paganoni S., Chen B., Mancinelli C., Shih L., Bonato P., “Remote Monitoring of Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms using Wearable Sensors”, XIX Congress of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology, Brisbane (Australia), July 19-21, 2012
  42. Mancinelli C., Patritti B., Wayne P., Bonato P., “Effect of Community-Based Tai Chi Training on Balance in Post-Menopausal Osteopenic Women”, XIX Congress of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology, Brisbane (Australia), July 19-21, 2012
  43. Wayne P., Kiel D., Buring J., Bonato P., Yeh G., Cohen C., Mancinelli C., Davis R., “Impact of Tai Chi Exercise on Multiple Fracture-Related Risk Factors in Post-Menopausal Osteopenic Women: A Pilot Pragmatic, Randomized Trial”, 2012 International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health, Portland (Oregon), May 15-18, 2012
  44. Fusco H., Mancinelli C., Sheridan R., Ryan C., Bonato P., Schneider J., “A Novel Gaming System for Children with Upper Extremity Burn Contractures”, 44th Annual Meeting of the American Burn Association, Seattle (Washington), April 24-27, 2012
  45. Della Toffola L., Patel S., Ozsecen M.Y., Ramachandran R., Bonato P., “A Wearable System for Long-Term Monitoring of Knee Kinematics”, IEEE-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics, Shenzhen (China), January 5-7, 2012
  46. Schneider J., Fusco H., Mancinelli C., Sheridan R., Ryan C., Bonato P., “Development and Feasibility of a Novel Gaming System for Children with Upper Extremity Burn Contractures”, 72nd Annual Assembly American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Orlando (Florida), November 17-20, 2011
  47. Chen B.R., Patel S., Della Toffola L., Bonato P., “Long-term Monitoring of COPD Using Wearable Sensors”, Wireless Health 2011, San Diego CA, Oct 10-13, 2011
  48. Unluhisarcikli O., Pietrusinski M., Weinberg B., Mavroidis C., Bonato P., “Design and Control of a Robotic Lower Extremity Exoskeleton for Gait Rehabilitation”, 2011 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, San Francisco CA, Sep 25-30, 2011
  49. Della Toffola L., Patel S., Chen B.R., Ozsecen Y., Puiatti A., Bonato P., “Development of a Platform to Combine Sensor Networks and Home Robots to Improve Fall Detection in the Home Environment”,33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Boston MA, August 30-September 3, 2011
  50. Del Din S., Patel S., Cobelli C., Bonato P., “Estimating Fugl-Meyer Clinical Scores in Stroke Survivors Using Wearable Sensors”, 33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Boston MA, August 30-September 3, 2011
  51. Patel S., Chen B.R., Chiara M., Paganoni S., Shih L., Welsh M., Dy J., Bonato P., “Longitudinal Monitoring of Patients with Parkinson’s Disease Via Wearable Sensor Technology in the Home Setting”, 33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Boston MA, August 30-September 3, 2011
  52. Altini M., Del Din S., Patel S., Schachter S., Penders J., Bonato P., “A Low-Power Multi-Modal Body Sensor Network with Application to Epileptic Seizure Monitoring”, 33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Boston MA, August 30-September 3, 2011
  53. Chiara M., Patritti B., Tropea P., Greenwald R., Casler R., Herr H., Bonato P., “Comparing a Passive-Elastic and a Powered Prosthesis in Transtibial Amputees”, 33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Boston MA, August 30-September 3, 2011
  54. Hu J., Lim Y.-J., Ding Y., Paluska D., Solochek A., Laffery D., Bonato P., “An Advanced Rehabilitation Robotic System for Augmenting Healthcare”, 33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Boston MA, August 30-September 3, 2011
  55. Della Toffola L., Ozsecen Y., Patel S., Chen B.R., Bonato P., “Home Robot and Wireless Sensors Network Based System for Fall Detection in the Home Environment”, 1st IEEE EMBS Unconference on Wearable & Ubiquitous Technology for Health & Wellness, Boston MA, August 30, 2011
  56. Surer E., Kasi P., Cereatti A., Bonato P., Della Croce U., “A Hybrid Markerless Approach for 2D Gait Analysis: Application to Gait of Children with Cerebral Palsy”, XXIIIrd Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics, Brussels (Belgium), July 3-7, 2011
  57. Pietrusinski M., Unluhisarcikli O., Mavroidis C., Cajigas I., Bonato P., “Design of Human-Machine Interface and Altering of Pelvic Obliquity with RGR Trainer”, 12th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, Zurich (Switzerland), June 29-July 1, 2011
  58. Cheung V.C.K., Kasi P., Valsecchi A., Paganoni S., Bonato P., Bizzi E., “Post-rehab improvement of motor functions in stroke patients achieved by selective reinforcement or attenuation of muscle synergy activations”, 21st Annual Conference of the Society for the Neural Control of Movement, Carolina (Puerto Rico), April 26-30, 2011
  59. Meron A., Tropeal P., Kasi P., Bonato P., “Characterization of the Ankle Joint During Ramp Ambulation in Healthy Subjects”, 2011 Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting, Phoenix AZ, April 12-16, 2011
  60. Paganoni S., Patel S., Mancinelli C., Tarsy D., Shih L.C., Bonato P., “Development of a Web-Based Application to Monitor Patients with Parkinson’s Disease in the Home Environment”, 2011 Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting, Phoenix AZ, April 12-16, 2011