Interdiciplinary research group is already for several decades active in the area of rehabilitation engineering. In past the research was devoted to functional electrical stimulation of paralyzed muscles. Important accomplishment was represented by synthesis of gait pattern in completely parlyzed paraplegic person. Number of papers had been published in eminent journals together with first international monograph, while two Slovene enterprises produce electrical stimulators which are result
of development of the group. The research activities of the new five years period are directed towards rehabilitation robotics. They are based on original proposal of a neurorehabilitation system consisting from three subsystems: actuation, sensory, and cognitive. We are developing rehabilitation systems for training of walking, standing-up, balancing and standing, movement of upper extremities and grasping. The original systems proposed enable also on-line evaluation of patient's locomotor
The significance of strengthening the research in the field of public health is underlined by the increasingly important health development strategies in the scope of which the research in the field of public health supports the health policy.
The next characteristic of research in the field of public health is the need for interdisciplinary co-operation which is why the key thematic sets selected on the basis of importance of the problems of modern public health in Slovenia were defined in the proposed research programme. These sets include
- PUBLIC MENTAL HEALTH which represents one of the fundamental public health problems of the future,
- ALERT NETWORKS FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF COMMUNICABLE DISEASES that will facilitate efficient control over the communicable diseases, and
- QUALITY FAMILY MEDICINE which is the basis for a quality health service.
The selected infections and communicable diseases are a serious public health problem. The currently available data received from the national epidemiological monitoring do not allow for a realistic estimate of their burden and the population trends.
Monitoring of health indicators in certain specific groups of population and Evaluation of promotion and prevention materials.
Family medicine is a professional upgrade of general medicine.The findings of the research programme will help us to actively participate in the provision of specialist studies in the field of family medicine and also in under- and post-graduate educational programmes.