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2010 Delsys Prize Winner

Delsys Inc. and the Delsys Prize Review Board Members are proud to award the
2010 Delsys Prize to:

Dr. Madeleine Lowery of the University College Dublin for her work titled:

"EMG-EMG Coherence During Muscle Fatigue"


Here we propose the analysis of coherence between simultaneously recorded EMG signals as a means of examining characteristics of common neural inputs to co-contracting muscles during fatiguing contractions. Coherence between surface EMG signals from the first dorsal interosseous and flexor digitoram superficialis was examined before and immediately following sustained fatiguing finger flexion. To enable changes during fatigue to be examined as a function of time, wavelet coherence was used to examine coherence between EMG signals recorded from the biceps brachii and brachioradialis during fatiguing elbow flexion. Application of coherence in this manner provides insight into the effects of fatigue on coherence and neuromuscular coupling across muscles, about which little is currently known.

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Dr. Madeleine Lowery

Senior Lecturer
School of Electrical, Electronic & Mechanical Engineering,
University College Dublin

Madeleine Lowery received B.E. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University College Dublin, in 1996 and 2000, respectively. Between 2000 and 2005 she held an appointment as a post-doctoral fellow, and then as a Research Scientist and Research Assistant Professor at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Northwestern University. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical Engineering, University College Dublin, Ireland and is an adjunct assistant professor with the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Northwestern University. Madeleine is a member of the IEEE and an elected member of the council of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology.  Her research involves exploring nerve and muscle activity through mathematical modelling, analysis and experimentation to improve understanding of neuromuscular activity in healthy and diseased states and develop novel and improved rehabilitation strategies. Specific areas of interest include neural control of movement, rehabilitation, electromyography (EMG), bioelectromagnetics, myoelectric control of artificial limbs and electrical stimulation.   She is a Co-Principal Investigator on the TRIL Wellness & Exercise strand.



A Review Board of 5 experts in the field of electromyography chose the winning proposal.

For her winning proposal, Dr. Lowery wins a complete TrignoTM 8-Channel Wireless EMG System with EMGWorks® Software.

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