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Mini-Symposium Electric Muscle Stimulation

ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research, Room F502, Murtenstrasse 50, 3008 Bern, 14.10.2019, 11:15 - 13:00  Uhr

Loss of muscle mass and muscle strength is a major cause of loss of independence in elderly people and accounts for up to 70% of nursing home entries in Switzerland and other European countries. Physical training can overcome this problem in many cases. However, many elderly individuals do either not like to engage in structured physical training, or musculoskeletal and other health problems make physical activity difficult.

Electric muscle stimulation (EMS) may become a suitable alternative to structured physical training under these circumstances. However, to achieve this goal, specific stimulation programs have to be developed and the usability of EMS equipment for elderly people with minor performance deficits has to improve.

For this reason, an EUREKA project has been started as a cooperation of Prof. Hugo Saner, Research Consultant at the ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research, with the Russian Space Medicine Team for Biomedical Problems, which has applied EMS in Russian cosmonauts for over 50 years. The symposium's special guest Prof. Tomilovskaya is the head of this Russian research team and will tell about experimental work with EMS under conditions of gravity unload as during space flights.

The major aim of this Mini-Symposium is to help close the gap between knowledge and application of EMS in elderly people.

Leitung und Moderation

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. hc Hugo Saner, Senior Consultant, Department of Cardiology, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital


Diana Bethge
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