Agenda 23Oct2019 PhD Defense Laura Peeters

Laura Peeters The trunk in neuromuscular disorders

Since the trunk plays a crucial role in upper body movement and stability, this thesis focusses on trunk function in these patients.

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Laura Peeters The trunk in neuromuscular disorders

Performing daily activities independently becomes more difficult over time for patients with neuromuscular disorders. This is due to progressive muscle weakness. Since the trunk plays a crucial role in upper body movement and stability, this thesis focusses on trunk function in these patients. Maximum muscle strength and range of motion were measured in 25 healthy control persons, 17 boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and 17 people with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Additionally, 3D movements and muscle activity were measured while performing several daily tasks. Research showed that the contribution of individual trunk segments to the movement varied with the movement direction. Increased trunk movement when performing tasks was seen in DMD, while people with SMA used comparable trunk movement compared to healthy controls. Trunk muscle activity was greatly increased and maximum muscle strength was decreased in both groups. Interventions are necessary to reduce muscle load, like development of dynamic assistive devices, without restricting the trunk movement. 

Thesis title: The trunk in neuromuscular disorders: A neglected part of the chain

Date, time and location PhD defense

  • Date: 23 october 2019
  • Time: 14.30 hrs
  • Radboud Universiteit, Academiezaal Aula, Comeniuslaan 2

Biography

Laura Peeters (1989) studied Technical Medicine at the University of Twente and obtained her master degree in 2014.

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Biography

Laura Peeters (1989) studied Technical Medicine at the University of Twente and obtained her master degree in 2014. The research in this thesis was performed at the department of Rehabilitation of the Radboud University Medical Center, within the Donders Institute for cognitive neuroscience (DCMN). Currently, Laura works at Acknowledge Health Innovation as consultant health innovation.

Promotor

  • Promotor(s): prof. dr. A.C.H. Geurts & prof. dr. J.H. van Dieën
  • Co-promotor: dr. I.J.M. de Groot & dr. I. Kingma

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