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Celebrating Dr. Norman Murphy

For almost two decades, Dr Norman Murphy was a very important part of the Tekscan team. His contributions were many including new product development, marketing, and education.
Before his illness, he could often be found at many key events and lecturing throughout the world, his true passion. Norm was a world-renowned expert in biomechanics and gait analysis with numerous published research papers that made him a global thought leader on these subjects.
His commitment and passion for the medical field is how Norman will be remembered. He will be dearly missed, but his contributions will remain.

"Norm’s" reach was global, but here specifically in the UK he will be remembered for the support he provided at numerous Biomechanics Workshops we hosted, sharing his intimate knowledge of Pressure Measurement and always keeping things relevant to the clinical audience. Norm also lectured regularly at the Staffordshire Conference in Clinical Biomechanics which Biosense Medical has supported as a sponsor for many years.
On a personal level, Norm helped Colin and I develop our skills in pressure measurement, usually over a pint of real ale after a long day lecturing, he was always happy to take time to teach others.

He will be greatly missed by our many customers who got to know him and the whole team at Biosense Medical, it is assuring to know that his influences will continue to be found in the Tekscan software for many years to come and I will always be thinking of him when I hit that 3B icon in the software.

See also Tekscan’s tribute to Dr Norman Murphy

Dr Norman Murphy

Clinical Biomechanics Workshop 2015

This year our SCCB pre-conference workshop was held on 23rd April at Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent.

We would like to thank everyone who attended on the day and contributed to the workshop, it turned out to be yet another great day.

This year, the workshop was exploring how the use of new and existing technologies can be used for clinical applications related to lower limb biomechanical assessment. We had live demonstrations and interactive presentations on pressure measurement technology from Tekscan, sEMG from Delsys and 2D/3D Motion Analysis from SIMI. We also experimented with how these systems can interact and work alongside each other (thanks to our guinea pig, Josh).

Again we were welcomed by Nachi Chockalingam and his staff at Staffordshire University and would like to thank them for helping us with our workshop.

Special thanks to Emma Cowley (Lecturer in Podiatry, University of Plymouth) for kindly facilitating the day and providing some excellent presentations, and also our speakers Steven Lindley, Delsys Inc., and Philipp Russ, SIMI GMbH.

Josh at SCCB Workshop

Philipp Russ demonstrating SIMI Aktysis whilst also recording with Tekscan F-Scan.

Biosense Medical Open Day London

We held our first Biosense Medical Open Day this week at Guys Campus, Kings College London.

The aim of the Open Day was to give our existing and prospective customers the opportunity to meet our team and partners in one central location. As well as meeting the team for any sales or technical queries, customers had direct access to our systems for live demonstrations and expert information.

Our team had a great day and got to meet a lot of customers in a relaxed atmosphere. The day gave us a great platform to speak to customers on a one-to-one basis and show many of our systems from Tekscan, Delsys, Simi, Deymed, Bioness, Synapsys and Neurocom.

We would like to thank everyone that came to meet us at Kings College London and who contributed to the success of the day.

We plan to organise more Biosense Medical Open Days in the future, so keep an eye on our Exhibitions and Courses page on our website for details www.biosensemedical.com/ExhibitionsAndCourses.

Biosense Medical Open Day London

BBC News- Bionic hand project builds fingertip sensors

BBC News reported last week on Newcastle University’s £1.4m Bionic hand project, developing a prosthetic hand to sense pressure and temperature.

The BBC News video below shows Delsys Trigno™ Sensors (www.delsys.com) being used for sEMG, as part of the Bionic project. For Trigno™ sensor product information, please visit

BBC News Science & Environment

For the full BBC News article use this link www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-31593352

The College of Podiatry Conference 2014, Bournemouth

Colin and Phil Burton attended this years SCP conference held in Bournemouth last week. Again it was a great turn out, with 1200 delegates, a vast amount of exhibitors and some excellent speakers!

This year we exhibited our NEW MobileMat and Version 7 software from Tekscan (www.tekscan.com), Trigno surface EMG systems from Delsys (www.delsys.com) and a new motion analysis product from our latest partnership with SIMI (www.simi.com).

We got to meet a lot of great people in the podiatry profession, as well as catching up with some of our existing customers.

It was great to see everyone and look forward to seeing you again next year in Harrogate!

SCP 2014

Romford Recorder reports on IMT Robots RATULS trial in Queens Hospital Romford

The Romford Recorder has recently reported on the RATULS trial at Queens Hospital Romford.

RATULS is a trial to evaluate robot assisted training for the upper limb after stroke. More information about the trial can be found at http://research.ncl.ac.uk/ratuls.

The IMT Robot from Interactive Motion Technologies (http://interactive-motion.com) was installed in Queens Hospital Romford earlier this year for the RATULS trail, which is being conducted over four centres within the UK.

The article details how the IMT Arm Robot is used within physiotherapy of a stroke patient and also includes comments from Violet Dorkings, a 90 year old stroke patient participating in the trial.

“I really think it might be helping,” Violet said. “I am managing to do things that I wasn’t able to do before.”

“I’m hopeful that it will help me but, more importantly, it could really help other people in the future as well.”

For the full article, please visit the newspapers website http://www.romfordrecorder.co.uk.

Or, click here for the IMT Robots article in the Romford Recorder

Romford Newspaper Headline

The Leicester Balance Course 2014

This years Leicester Balance Course was the 15th Anniversary course. We had a great group of delegates attend the course this year, which again was held at the Holiday Inn Leicester on a residential basis.

The course lectures and master classes were held within the hotel, which provided a great venue for the course.

We held our interactive practical sessions at the Leicester Balance Centre, including sessions on Halmagyi, VNG, Posturography and the Rotational Chair. This was a great way to demonstrate the systems and tests within a clinical environment to the delegates.

The Leicester Balance Course 2014 was a great success and we would like to thank the faculty members for their time. The lectures, practical sessions and master classes were all greatly received by the delegates, and we have received some extremely positive feedback.

The faculty; Joel Goebel, Peter Rea, S.S Surenthiran, Andrew Clements, Chris Degg, Katherine Harrop-Griffiths, Anil Banerjee and Peter Savundra.

Again, thank you to everyone that attended the course and making the 15th Anniversary course one to remember!

Leicester Balance Course 2014
Left: Andrew Clements lecture on ’Posturography as an assessment tool’. Right: Joel Goebel and Peter Rea conducting BPPV Practical sessions.

BBC News Northern Ireland article on concussion in sport

BBC News Northern Ireland have published an important news article on Ben Robinson’s father calling for concussion education following his son’s death at a rugby match.

Ben Robinson’s death has resulted in concussion awareness programmes being organised by schools in Northern Ireland and the Irish Rugby League. Ben’s parents believe there should be more education on concussion within all sport. The full article can be found on www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-29427914

Concussion is a serious issue within Rugby, Football and many other sports, at both professional and non-professional standards. There have been many recent news articles detailing high profile cases of concussion within sport, including Alvaro Pereira being knocked unconscious in a World Cup football game.

Tekscan (www.tekscan.com) have launched a new product that can easily conduct a concussion assessment on players in sport and can help decisions on whether it is safe for players to return-to-play. The MobileMat BESS is the first and only computerised system that objectively implements the well-established Balance Error Scoring System (BESS) used to assess the static postural stability of athletes pre and post-concussion. For more information go to http://www.tekscan.com/medical/mobilemat-bess.

Tekscan have also released the NEW Sports AT Software, that includes standardised test protocols that are typically used as part of a comprehensive concussion assessment program: Balance Error Scoring System (BESS) and Sports Concussion Assessment Tool- 3rd Edition (SCAT3). More information found at http://www.tekscan.com/sportsat-press-release.

BBC News Northern Ireland- Education on concussion in sport

BBC News Northern Ireland

First Deymed installation in Inverness

Last week Philip visited the beautiful Inverness with Douglass Youngberg from Deymed (www.deymed.com), to install the first new Deymed TruTrace EMG System in the Neurophysiology Department at Raigmore Hospital.

The Deymed TruTrace features NCS, EMG, MUP and EP capabilities with playback and review of up to one hour of recorded traces with the Deymed LiveScroll feature. A first for MUP exams, the TruTrace system now offers automatic online MUP evaluation. For further detailed system information and specifications click www.deymed.com/neurophysiology/trutrace/product-info.

It was a great trip and Philip managed to squeeze in taking Douglas to go and visit some well known local sites! I wonder if they spotted Nessie?

Loch Ness

Thankyou from RATULS

Alex, Scott, Phil and Josh have recently been working with the RATULS study team to install the InMotion Robots, from Interactive Motion Technologies (www.interactive-motion.com), being used for the RATULS trial within the study centres at North Tyneside, Glasgow and Romford.

RATULS is a trial to evaluate robot assisted training for the upper limb after stroke. More information about the trial can be found at http://research.ncl.ac.uk/ratuls

It’s lovely to receive a special thank you from the RATULS study team. Getting the robots installed is a great achievement, and proves that hard work does pay off! Well done team :)

RATULS Thankyou
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