New computer assisted rehabilitation lab for Melbourne

Motekforce Link's CAREN extended system
The Motekforce Link CAREN extended system

Professor Iven Mareels, Dean of the Melbourne School of Engineering, will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Motekforcel Link, at a ceremony held at the Farm2Fork Summit, being held at Cockatoo Island on Thursday November 3.

The Rabobank Farm2Fork Summit is focused on future innovation in the food and agricultural industries and will bring together agribusiness industry leaders, local and international farmers, food and agri start-ups, technology innovators, investors and other sector stakeholders.

The Memorandum of Understanding will be one of several to be signed with Dutch companies at the Summit, which will be attended by King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, and Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, Mr Henk Kamp.

Motekforce Link manufactures innovative, high-end products for use in rehabilitation, orthopaedics and neurology, such as the Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) System. The agreement will establish the first Motekforce Link CAREN Extended system at the University of Melbourne, in a dedicated laboratory for cognitive and neuromuscular research.

The laboratory will open up new and exciting research opportunity for a wide range of biomedical applications and is expected to be completed by March 2017.

The functionality of the CAREN system is unique in the world and is being used by some of the best and most advanced clinical and research facilities. It is a versatile, multi-sensory system for clinical analysis, rehabilitation, evaluation and registration of the human balance system. It can be used in many different types of research and clinical paradigms, patient populations and fields of interest.

Biomechanical engineering expert Professor Peter Lee, from the University of Melbourne’s Department of Mechanical Engineering says that the CAREN extended system will be a tremendous boost to rehabilitation research at the University of Melbourne.

“My biomedical engineering and medical colleagues are extremely excited by the new research opportunities the CAREN extended system will provide.”