Research Group

The Flextension A-Gear Research group is comprised of (fltr):

Mariska Jansen

Mariska Janssen, studied Biomedical Sciences at the Radboud University Nijmegen, where she also received her master diploma in Human Movement Sciences in 2011. During her masters graduation internship she measured arm/hand function of boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in different disease stages and compared this function to healthy boys. To do this she used 3D movement analysis (measurement of arm movements in space) and surface electromyography (measurement of muscle activity). After her graduation she started as a researcher for the Flextension project at the UMC St. Radboud in Nijmegen. Where she is going to measure arm function in a larger group of boys with DMD, so that this information can be used for the development of a new arm support/orthosis. Next to this study she is also involved in the clinical evaluation of newly developed arm support/orthosis.


Joan Lobo

Joan Lobo studied Industrial Design Engineering at the ELISAVA Design School of Barcelona (Spain) and received his MSc. degree (cum laude) in Biomedical Engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC,Barcelona, Spain). He carried out his master graduation project in the Hospital of Neurorehabilitation “Institut Guttmann” (Barcelona, Spain) in collaboration with the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) and the National Institute of Physical Education of Catalonia (INEFC). The title of the project is: A new kinematic and dynamic model for clinical evaluation of the upper extremity motion during an Activity of Daily Living in subjects with neurological disorders. After graduating he decided to study another MSc. on Biomedical Engineering at the Technical University of Delft (The Netherlands). Now he is a PhD student at the Laboratory of Biomechanical Engineering of the University of Twente working on the Flextension project. His work is focused on the control and design of the active orthosis.


Gerard Dunning

Gerard Dunning studied Mechanical Engineering at the Delft University of Technology. He received his MSc-degree in Biomechanical Engineering in 2011, with the assignment “A compact low-stiffness six degress of freedom compliant precision stage”. After graduating he started as a PhD-candidate on the Flextension, A-Gear project. His role in the project is to design the mechanical structure of the inconspicuous arm support, where he focuses on the passive and active support.


Peter Kooren

Peter Kooren studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Technology in Delft. He received his MSc. degree (cum laude) in 2008 after completing a graduation project at Philips Healthcare. For three years he worked within a R&D company focusing on steerable instruments for minimal invasive surgery. Now he is a design engineer at VU medical center in Amsterdam, within the department of Physics and Medical Technology and works on the Flextension project. He is responsible for integrating the different parts of the design and coordinating the group.