Toward a joint action: Linking computerized biomarkers of real human function into the therapeutic process – why and how?Name : Sara Rosenblum
Affliation : professor
University : University of Haifa
Country : Israel
Handwriting is an ancient medium of human communication representing a complex activity that entails an intricate blend of cognitive, kinesthetic, and perceptual motor components. As person’s handwriting is unique and as distinctive as a fingerprint, detecting handwriting production may serve for disease diagnosis, and for detection of drug or other therapeutic intervention methods influence on the individual's daily function abilities.
The aim of the lecture is to present the Computerized Penmanship Evaluation Toll (ComPET) developed by Rosenblum which supplies objective temporal, spatial and pressure measures of the handwriting production. Handwriting data gathered from about 2000 participants of different age groups, languages and pathologies enables creation of unique sophisticated handwriting analysis techniques.
This system's benefits for the medical field will be presented while emphasizing study results related to diagnosis and evaluation of drug contribution to human's function and health. Following, presentation of the ComPET's data collection and analysis methods, results of detection drug influence on children with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorders (ADHD) and adults with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) will be presented.
Furthermore, future use of the system for evaluation of drugs and other therapeutic methods influence among people with depression, and Alzheimer's disease will be discussed based on previous study results among these populations.
Sara Rosenblum is a full professor in occupational therapy and head the laboratory for Complex Human Activity and Participation (CHAP), with special interest in the characteristics of human daily function. Rosenblum aim to gain better insight into interactions between varied body functions (e.g., cognitive, motor, sensory), activity performance and participation abilities of people faced with functional deficits in everyday life. A main focus is placed on trying to understand the relationships between brain mechanisms and actual daily functions among varied populations along life cycle. The ICF concepts (WHO, 2001) constitute the frame for description and evaluation of ability and disability in her research. Consequently, her studies concentrate on populations of children and adults with neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD, DCD, LD, and those with chronic illness and neurological diseases whose daily function confrontations have not yet received appropriate expression in research.