General Information : Name :Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia / IBV
Country : SPAIN

Business Activities : The Institute of Biomechanics of Valencia (IBV) is a Spanish RTO founded in 1976, working under the figure of a non-profit association and jointly sponsored by the Institute for the Small and Medium Industry of Valencia (IMPIVA) and the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV). IBV is integrated by a multi-discipline team of mechanical, biomechanical and movement science engineers, surgeons and physical therapists. Activities in the area of Rehabilitation and Personal Autonomy are aimed at improving the well-being of persons with a functional limitation and incrementing the movements and capacities of healthcare professionals and sector companies. These aims are pursued by developing more efficient rehab-treatments and assistive products, by transferring methodologies and tools to professionals and assessing sectorial companies in development and improvement their products.

Role in project : IBV will be critical to WP1 and WP2, the ergonomic study and focus group of patients and the harness development. IBV have the regulatory approvals to test devices to the relevant standards for wheelchair and hoist testing and will undertake this and user validation during WP7.

Valencia Region Association for the assistance of Cerebral Palsy (AVAPACE):

IBV will use the above charity for the ergonomics, morphology and user input of WP1, WP2 and WP7: AVAPACE is a non-profit entity founded in 1972. It is composed and managed by relatives of persons suffering from cerebral palsy. The mission of AVAPACE is to improve the quality of life of people with cerebral palsy and their relatives through the assistance in:

a) their personal development,
b) their autonomy and self-determination,
c) the claim for and effective application their rights for equal opportunities Their geographical scope is the Region of Valencia (Spain). However, they work at national and international level through strategic alliances with caregivers associations and memberships of upstream umbrella associations. At present, AVAPACE is member of CERMI (Comité de Representantes de Entidades de la discapacidad-Comunidad Valenciana), ASPACE confederation (Spain), International Cerebral Palsy Society (Europe), and FEAD (Federación Patronal de Atención a Discapacitados). AVAPACE is formed by 165 workers including: direct assistance specialists (psychologists, special education teachers and social workers), caregivers, and administrations and services staff. AVAPACE manages 7 direct assistance and care centres for persons with cerebral palsy.

Consortium Kickoff meeting 18th Feb 2014

The Project Kickoff Meeting was held between all Partners to the Consortium on February 18th 2013 at Pera Innovation Premises in the UK.... more

The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme managed by REA-Research Executive Agency under grant agreement n° FP7-SME-2012