Askham Rehab partners with Neuromersiv

Askham Village Community has partnered with Neuromersiv, a brand that looks to enable therapists and medical professionals to make neuro-rehab therapy more diverse and engaging through utilising the increasing capabilities of immersive VR.

Focussing on those recovering from a stroke, Askham Rehab will be looking to trial the new technology over a six-month period to explore its ability in facilitating functional movements and training for its patients — providing a unique opportunity that will also assist with research and inform the further development of the software.

Neuromersiv’s upper-limb therapy system Ulysses is currently the only neuro-rehab VR system that uses functional tasks performed in virtual daily living environments to enable repetitions for neuroplasticity.

Askham, based in Cambridgeshire, will be looking to prioritise the simulation of functional tasks including personal care, kitchen use and bathroom use — with the ultimate goal of re-establishing independent living.

Neuromersiv, co-founded by Anshul Dayal and Oliver Morton-Evans, is an Australian-based company that has brought together a group of leading subject matter experts as advisors to provide their wealth of knowledge, skills and support for the next generation in neuro-rehab.

Having recently been registered as a class 1 software medical device with the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, Ulysses has also undergone a phase 1 clinical trial in Australia – where it helped in delivering promising clinical outcomes.

The technology could unlock new opportunity to help transition stroke survivors back to living independently.

Sara Neaves, clinical lead and outpatients service manager at Askham Rehab, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Neuromersiv for this six-month trial and to see how it impacts the recovery of our patients.

“For someone who has had a life-changing stroke, regaining independence is so important and to think that assistive technology in the form of VR can help accelerate this, is something we just had to be part of.

“At Askham, we always try to remain at the sharp end of innovation and when the opportunity to be the first trialists in the UK presented itself, we were very keen to get involved.”

Askham Village is a family-run community with a rehabilitation service that has transformed the lives of many individuals, which has a remote setting, robotic equipment and state-of-the-art gym and hydrotherapy services to boost rehab potential.

Anshul Dayal, co-founder of Neuromersiv, added: “We are really excited to be partnering with a progressive organisation like Askham to trial our VR technology.

“The partnership will not only provide us with the opportunity to gain insights on our product from clinicians working on the forefront of improving lives, but also provide us with a springboard for our broader commercialisation strategy in the United Kingdom and Europe.”

Sara continued: “In the world of rehabilitation, innovation is paramount and to see the capabilities of technology develop over the years is a testament to the creative minds in the industry.

“Neuromersiv is looking to use its expertise for the betterment of neuro-rehab patients — something we also pride ourselves on at Askham — making this the perfect meeting of minds.”

For more information on Askham Rehab, visit https://askhamrehab.com/

Sara Neaves was recently interviewed on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire to talk about the partnership which can be heard below: 

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Anshul Dayal

Co-Founder & CEO

Anshul has over 10 years experience in leading large technical teams in creating leading edge Hollywood content and software, including being a part of the Academy Award winning team to work on blockbuster film, Happy Feet.

Stephanie Ho

Neuromersiv Ambassador

After surviving a severe stroke at 22 years of age, Stephanie has committed her life to improve the healthcare system and easing the burden for other survivors. She currently serves as an Executive Board Member for NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation and is a regular keynote speaker on the topic of stroke and the impact of rehabilitation from a consumer perspective. Stephanie was awarded for her work in 2019 by the National Stroke Foundation.

Dr Jodie Marquez

Clinical & Research

Jodie is a physiotherapist with 20 years of experience in neuro-rehabilitation. She currently serves as Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle and has served as Chief Investigator on a number of funded clinical trial studies.

Professor Michael Nilsson

Rehabilitation Innovation

Michael is the Director of the Centre for Rehab Innovations and Global Innovation Chair of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Newcastle. As a senior translational researcher, clinician and leader in Rehabilitation Medicine, he recently established CRI together with an interdisciplinary team of leading researchers and clinicians. CRI engages with industry and public and private healthcare to develop technology-supported solutions for individually-tailored health and rehabilitation programs.

Warren Bingham

Commercialisation & Strategy

Warren is the General Manager of Cicada MedLab and the founder and Executive Chairman of MedTech International. As part of the global executive team to introduce PillCam® to the world, he was instrumental in the company going from startup in 2000 to being sold in 2014 for $1 billion.

Oliver Morton-Evans

Co-Founder & COO

Oliver has 7 years experience in design and project management having run visual effects & VR production studio, pic4 over this time. Prior to this, Oliver served as a digital media producer and designer for global children’s entertainment brand, The Wiggles.