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Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation

Featured thematic series: Cybathlon - robotic assistive technologies

This thematic series discusses the potential and challenges of robotic assistive technologies. It provides insights on the development and validation through user tests from the first Cybathlon, and further reflects on ethical and social considerations related to the design and application of assistive technologies.

Featured review: How a diverse research ecosystem has generated new rehabilitation technologies

The authors review the scope, achievements, and ongoing projects of an unbiased sample of 19 currently active or recently terminated Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERC). They provide examples of rehabilitation technology innovation produced by the RERCs that illustrate the increasingly diversifying scope and evolving perspective.

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Featured review: On neuromechanical approaches for the study of biological and robotic grasp and manipulation

The authors provide an overview of advances (conceptual and material), pitfalls, and open questions on the topic of biological and robotic grasp and manipulation. 

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Featured review: Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) for improving capacity in activities and arm function after stroke: a network meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials

Using network meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials, the authors found that that cathodal tDCS is the most promising treatment option when tDCS is used to improve ADL capacity and arm function in people with stroke.


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    Authors: Juan-Manuel Belda-Lois, Silvia Mena-del Horno, Ignacio Bermejo-Bosch, Juan C Moreno, José L Pons, Dario Farina, Marco Iosa, Marco Molinari, Federica Tamburella, Ander Ramos, Andrea Caria, Teodoro Solis-Escalante, Clemens Brunner and Massimiliano Rea

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Aims and scope

Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation considers manuscripts on all aspects of research that result from cross-fertilization of the fields of neuroscience, biomedical engineering, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. JNER provides a forum for researchers and clinicians interested in understanding the way neuroscience and biomedical engineering are continuing to reshape physical medicine and rehabilitation. JNER hosts the introduction of new methods and the discussion of their clinical implications, and offers an opportunity to publish, in a timely manner, articles relevant to the intersection of these three fields.

Article collections

Thematic series
Advances and challenges in the user evaluation and application of robotic assistive technologies: Insights from the first Cybathlon
Edited by: Olivier Lambercy and Roger Gassert

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Biomechanics and Neural Control of Movement
Edited by: Daniel Ferris

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Virtual reality-based applications for neurorehabilitation
Edited by: Sergi Bermúdez i Badia and Roberto Lloréns Rodríguez

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Technically-advanced assessments in sensory motor rehabilitation
Edited by: Thierry Keller, Verena Klamroth-Marganska, and Robert Riener

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Standards of reporting

Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation advocates the complete and transparent reporting of research and methods. Authors are required to follow relevant reporting guidelines and append the appropriate reporting guideline checklist to their manuscript on submission, available from the EQUATOR Network. See BioMed Central’s policy page for further information.

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David Reinkensmeyer, Editor-in-Chief

David Reinkensmeyer is Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at University of California, Irvine. Prior to this, he received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a postdoctoral fellow then research assistant professor in the Sensory Motor Performance Program, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Northwestern University Medical School, before joining U.C Irvine in 1998. Prof. Reinkensmeyer's research interests include neuromuscular control, motor learning, robotics, and rehabilitation.


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