i2-CoRT Symposium 2021

i2-CoRT Symposium 2021


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During the i2-CoRT symposium, most of the presentations were recorded. You can find them in the list below.

If you have questions about the presentations, or about the i2-CoRT project, please feel free to contact us via the i2-CoRT e-mail address.


i2-CoRT symposium – Welcome and introduction
Henk Seelen, PhD, Research coordinator Adelante Zorggroep – Centre of Expertise in Rehabilitation and Audiology, Associate professor department of Rehabilitation Medicine Maastricht University, project leader i2-CoRT project, the Netherlands

i2-CoRT Symposium: Complex rehabilitation technology: Bridging the gap between research, technology and experience


Last October 13th, the i2-CoRT partners organized the first project symposium. If you were not able to view the event live, or want to re-watch any of the sessions,  you can find them here.


Interreg, a history of 30 years of cross-border cooperation and regional development
Mark Vos, Coordinator Interreg Euregio Meuse-Rhine


Concepts behind the i2-CoRT project
Henk Seelen, PhD, Research coordinator Adelante Zorggroep – Centre of Expertise in Rehabilitation and Audiology, Associate professor department of Rehabilitation Medicine Maastricht University, project leader i2-CoRT project, the Netherlands


Q & A Mark and Henk


The importance of start-ups in Healthcare
Tom Braekeleirs, BlueHealth Innovation Center, Belgium


Q & A Tom Braekeleirs


Rehabilitation of the affected arm–hand in sub-acute phase post stroke
Han Franck, PhD, Occupational therapist and researcher Adelante Zorggroep – Centre of Expertise in Rehabilitation and Audiology, the Netherlands


Q & A Han Franck


Investigation of the influence of familiarization to robotic assistance on the performance of daily activities
Sybele E. Williams, Dr. rer. medic., Senior researcher, Department of Rehabilitation and Prevention Engineering (RPE), Institute of Applied Medical Engineering (AME) – Helmholtz Institute – RWTH Aachen University | University Hospital Aachen, Germany

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An attempt to catch the hand in the brain
Marc Michielsen, MSc Physiotherapy, Head of Paramedics and researcher vzw Jessa hospital, Rehabilitation campus SU, Belgium


Q & A Marc Michielsen


Introduction of new CR technologies in Rehabilitation: change management issues
Lara Marquet, Biomedical Engineer, Department of Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation and Sport Traumatology, ULiège, Belgium


Q & A Lara Marquet


Keynote: The next framework programme and new funding instruments
Carmen Laplaza Santos, Deputy Head of the Health Innovations Unit, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission


Q & A Carmen Laplaza Santos

The i2-CoRT project @ symposium “Technology in research and development for ageing resiliently”

Jessa clinical test centre was selected for a pitch and poster presentation at a symposium on “Technology in research and development for ageing resiliently” the 1 st of February 2020. The symposium was organised by the “University of the Third Age Fund for Gerontology” and “Voka Health Community”. Professor dr. Jos Trournoy (chairman of the fund), Hans Maertens (managing director VOKA) and Rudy Mattheus (chairman of the Flanders Care advice counsel) spoke about the importance and opportunities technology could entail for the ageing population. Co-creation and interaction between entrepreneurs and research is clearly needed to bring technology to the dedicated target group. However, within the ageing population there is a large variability in needs and capabilities to handle technology. Chris Van Geet, vice rector of the Catholic University of Leuven, mentioned this should be considered during development.

39 researchers and companies presented a poster on their efforts and developments in the field of “resilient ageing”. The Jessa clinical test centre presented the i2-CoRT project, with specific focus on co-creating developments in rehabilitation technology with enterprises, clinical experts, patients and academics to come to solutions that will aid amongst others the ageing population in a safe and targeted manner. Thus, helping companies to overcome the valley of death.


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Euregionaal testcentrum laat nieuwe devices uittesten op patiënten

Bedrijven die hulpmiddelen ontwikkelen voor mensen met een beperking, kunnen hun ontwerp de komende jaren testen op een testpopulatie van patiënten, kine- en ergotherapeuten, artsen en wetenschappers in een nieuw Euregionaal testlabo.

“Het is haast niet te geloven, maar nog steeds maken veel bedrijven hulpmiddelen voor revalidanten die NIET of nauwelijks getest zijn op revalidanten” zegt Sarah Meyer, wetenschappelijk medewerker van het nieuwe Euregionaal testcentrum i2-CoRT. “Die devices zien er wel zeer innovatief uit, maar de praktijk leert ons telkens opnieuw dat ze na een eerste kleine test met een revalidant niet geschikt zijn voor het doel waarvoor ze werden ontworpen. Toch is er voldoende knowhow op de markt, maar die is versnipperd. Via dit testlabo willen we dus aan kruisbestuiving doen.” Het eerste contract met de industrie heeft het testlabo alvast op zak. Het wordt op maandag 3 juni om 15u. ondertekend op campus Sint-Ursula in Herk-de-Stad. Het gaat om het Nederlandse bedrijf Livit Orthopedie dat werkt aan de ontwikkeling van een innovatieve handorthese.

Het Euregionaal klinisch testcentrum wordt gefinancierd in het kader van een Interreg V-A Euregio Maas-Rijn project met een ondersteuning van 3.8 miljoen euro door het Europees Fonds voor Regionale Ontwikkeling van de Europese Unie en de geaffilieerde regionale overheden. Zo investeert de provincie Limburg ook 300.000 euro in de 3 Limburgse partners (Jessa, PXL en UHasselt).

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The i2-CoRT project: one year into the project

The i2-CoRT project, aimed at accelerating innovation and implementation of complex rehabilitation technology, has been underway for more than 1 year now.
On Tuesday, May 28 th , 2019, a joint meeting was held in Adelante between the i2-CoRT Program Steering Group, in which all project partners are represented, and the COMAC steering group, in which representatives of Interreg Euregio Meuse-Rhine participate.
During this consultation, the successes and the progress of the past year were discussed and the COMAC members were given an overview of the activities and developments within the project.
After the meeting, a tour of the Adelante test centre was organized. An overview of the various functions of the test centre was given. A number of demonstrations were also given about the rehabilitation technologies being developed and evaluated at the centre. In this way, the visitors were able to experience first-hand how technology-supported arm-hand skill training with the help of robotics feels like.

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WP5 – Co-creation of robot-assisted rehabilitation treatment

On Thursday 11 October 2018 a meeting was organized in the Test Center for Complex Rehabilitation Technology at Adelante on the theme “Co-creation of robot-assisted rehabilitation treatment”, as part of work package T5 of the i2-CoRT project. Thirty therapists, technicians and researchers from various rehabilitation centers, hospitals, universities and university colleges from the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany discussed guidelines, prerequisites and possibilities to use robotics to improve the arm-hand training of patients who suffered a stroke and to develop new therapies. Next to a number of presentations, the attendees, in small subgroups, discussed robot and training-related issues, ranging from essential requirements robotic devices in rehabilitation should have, to future developments in the area of robot-assisted training. Towards the end of the day, the results of these discussions were presented in 4-minute pitches, followed by a general group discussion. During the second half of the meeting the attendees were given the opportunity to work with a robot-arm, i.e. the so-called Haptic Master, to get an impression of how kinaestetics (i.e. the feeling of movement) can be (experimentally) manipulated using robotics. The photos below give an impression of the meeting .


Opening symposium


The Euregional project i2-CoRT was officially launched at a symposium on the 24th of May at Adelante in Hoensbroek. The project, which is an initiative of Adelante, will last three years. It has a size of almost 4 million euro and is co-financed by Interreg Euregio Meuse-Rhine and various Euregional provincial governments. The main aim is to bring together therapists, researchers, patients, universities, university colleges, and manufacturers of technology in the Euregio in order to develop, among other, new technologies for new forms of treatment in rehabilitation medicine.
By bringing knowledge and expertise together under one roof in test centers at three rehabilitation centers in the Netherlands and Belgium, it will be possible to accelerate the innovation and implementation of rehabilitation technology. Within the main project, several subprojects are used as exemplary projects. This concerns rehabilitation robotics for arm / hand skills, sensor technology for arm / hand skills, functional strength measurement and for quantifying sitting behavior as well as 3D printing of orthoses.

The project responds to the developments concerning changes in rehabilitation service delivery, clients’ self-management and technology as a means for therapy innovation. The i2-CoRT project will also lead to more cross-border collaboration, new care concepts and business activities.

The partners in the i2-CoRT-project are: Adelante; Jessa Hospital and rehabilitation Centre Herk-de-Stad; Liège University Medical Centre; Aachen University Medical Faculty; Hasselt University; Maastricht University; Liège University; Eindhoven University of Technology; Zuyd University of Applied Sciences; PXL University College; Pôle MecaTech ASBL, WeLL. i2-CoRT brings together state-of-the-art knowledge & experience of rehabilitation centres, knowledge centres, (SME) businesses, healthcare sector organizations and patients (organizations) in order to promote and accelerate rehabilitation technology innovation and implementation. i2-CoRT is the acronym for “Innovation and Implementation accelerator for Complex Rehabilitation Technology”.

For questions and more information, please contact Anne van der Linden, senior communications advisor Adelante, 06-51097792, a.linden@adelante-zorggroep.nl

Download the press release here

Persbericht Opening Symposium i2-CoRT

Presse Mitteilung Opening Symposium i2-CoRT

Communiqué de presse Opening Symposium i2-CoRT

Press Release Opening Symposium i2-CoRT

Tom Joosten (Adelante Zorggroep) during the Opening Symposium