In 2022, I was fortunate to receive the Wolfgang Baertz Award for my project proposal:
Assessing Neuromuscular Function with Kayak Ergometry Training and its Translation to Physical therapy in Parkinson's Disease.
This project aims to answer 3 questions:
- Does the kayaking technique of elite athletes, quantified from wearable IMU/EMG data using nonlinear methods, relate to specific muscle control strategies and overall performance?
- Do individuals with movement disorders (geriatrics, neurodegenerative disease, etc.) improve their motor and respiratory function from a regimen of regular kayak ergometry exercises?
- Can the methods used to answer Q.1 capture adaptations in motor performance in the groups of Q.2?
Part 1 of this project will be conducted in collaboration with Prof. Mathias Kristiansen and his team at the University of Aalborg, Denmark.
Part 2 will be conducted locally in partnership with neurologist Dr Deborah McIntyre.
Wolfgang Baertz Award
Following a generous donation by the late Mr Wolfgang Baertz in support of its research activities, LIH has set up a career launchpad award to fund postdoctoral fellows through €10,000 scholarships.
The initiative aims to support young researchers in finalising or initiating a promising and innovative research project, thus helping launch their careers.
The grant may be used to carry out additional experiments which could lead to a scientific breakthrough, or to generate preliminary findings to enable the awardee to establish his/her own research line.
This could include travelling to a renowned laboratory to allow the applicant to learn new techniques, develop research skills, bridge the gap between research and practice, initiate third-party funded projects and consolidate his professional network.