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Research objectives and subjects

Contribution in the evolution of the scientific knowledge and in the improvement of the assistive products through applied research programs.

CERAH is granted a Scientific and Users' Advisory Board. It gets part in applied research of many issues related to motor deficiencies and functional substitution products.

Its objective is the development of knowledge allowing the improvement of care, health and quality of life of people with motor impairment.
CERAH's research aims at the production and distribution of knowledge and technical solutions targeted at the entire population of the physical medicine and rehabilitation professionals, the users, and the scientific community.

For several years, research has been focused on two main issues :

Locomotion of lower limb amputees

The locomotion of lower limb amputees, especially through the analysis of limitations and adaptations caused by locomotion in a binding environment (stairs, slopes, tilts…) and walk analysis.

wheelchair locomotion

Wheelchair locomotion, mainly by the study of the setting needed to facilitate obstacle crossing (e.g. slopes and tilts) and, newly, of the influence of education on locomotion.

The most recent studies driven by InI-CERAH aim at the development of clinical applications taking into account, on the first hand the measurement of the amputee's cognitive load, allowing a better rehabilitation, and on the other hand the development of tools for walk clinical diagnosis.

Partnerships and collaborations

The Agence Nationale de la Recherche funds the research programs of the center.

CERAH is also supported by the Fondation des Mutilés et Invalides de Guerre (French foundation for disabled veterans), the Fédération des Amputés de Guerre de France (French Federation for amputees), the Fédération Nationale des Blessés multiples Impotents de Guerre (French federation for multiple wounded infirm veterans), the Fédération Nationale André Maginot, and by the CARAC Foundation.

Since 2002, the research team of INI / CERAH has been developing a strong cooperation relationship with the Laboratory of Biomechanics Arts et Métiers ParisTech CNRS (LBM).

Moreover, other institutional or industrial partnerships have been developed with:

  • PROTEOR, prosthetic component designer and manufacturer,
  • TSR, ergometer wheelchairs and sensors manufacturer,
  • IRR de Nancy, regional institute of readaptation,
  • ESCC, Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan Military Academy,
  • LBMC, laboratory of biomechanics of the shocks,
  • LIMOS, laboratory of computing, modeling and systems optimization,
  • LAMIH, laboratory of industrial and human automation control, mechanical engineering and computer science,
  • HANDIBIO, laboratory of bio modeling and disabilities engineering,
  • IFRH, federative institute of research on disability,
  • CIC-iT 805, clinical investigation center – innovative technology, Garches,
  • CHRU de Lille, Teaching Hospital of Lilles,
  • CERMES, center for research, medicine, sciences, health, mental health and society,
  • PRESTES Lorraine Pole Resources for Health Technology,
  • Group ORPÉA/CLINÉA, PHV, disability and aging pole in Lorraine.
  • PODONOV, designer and manufacturer of specialized shoes,
  • DGA armaments Branch - Ministry of Armed Forces,
  • Instruction Hospital PERCY Armies,
  • SIGMA Laboratory, School of Industrial Physics and Chemistry ParisTech,
  • French Sports Foundation Henri Sérandour,
  • UTC Compiegne University of Technology Mines Saint Etienne,
  • IRMA Valenton, Robert Merle D'Aubigné Institute,
  • IRISA Rennes, Institute for Research in Computer Science and Random Systems.