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In optogenetics, light is used to control genetically modified cells. The cooperation partners in Switzerland – researchers from the ETH and the University of Zurich – used optogenetic stimulation in combination with intensive rehabilitation training to restore the paralysed paw function in rats. "Using our automatic evaluation of the movement processes, we were able to demonstrate a full recovery," explains Prof. Dr. Björn Ommer, IWR researcher and head of the Heidelberg team. The new computer vision technique is able to quantify even the slightest changes in motor functions. "By recording and analysing the movements, we can objectively assess whether there was true restoration of the original function or merely compensation."
Prof. Ommer is a member of the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing of Heidelberg University. His Computer Vision research group is located at the Heidelberg Collaboratory for Image Processing. The latest results of the collaborative study with the researchers in Zurich were published in the journal Nature Communications.