Mariska M H P Janssen

Mariska M H P Janssen
Radboud University Medical Centre (Radboudumc) · Department of Rehabilitation

Master of Science

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Introduction
My name is Mariska Janssen. I’m currently working as a postdoc at the department of rehabilitation at Radboudumc. In 2017 I successfully defended my PhD theses entitled ‘Upper extremity function in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy – Mechanisms of declined task performance’. As a postdoc I’m involved in several studies related to neuromuscular disorders, 3D motion analysis, arm supports, electromyography, fatigability and martial arts training.

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Background: Background:Outcome measures for non-ambulant Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) patients are limited, with only the Performance of the Upper Limb (PUL) approved as endpoint for clinical trials. Objective: Objective: We assessed four outcome measures based on devices developed for the gaming industry, aiming to overcome disadvantages o...
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Purpose: The primary aim of this pilot study was to investigate the safety and feasibility of a 3-month martial arts-based training (MAT) program for patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). The secondary aim was to examine changes in physical and psychosocial abilities after participating in the MAT program. Methods: Twelve patients wit...
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In healthy persons, there is an excellent relation between the timing of the (two) surface electromyography (sEMG) thresholds and the (two) ventilatory thresholds during exercise. The primary aim of this study was to determine the relative timing of both sEMG and ventilatory thresholds in patients with neuromuscular disorders compared with healthy...
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Background Neuromuscular disorders (NMD) commonly affect the upper extremity. Due to muscle weakness, performance of daily activities becomes increasingly difficult, which leads to reduced independence and quality of life. In order to support the performance of upper extremity tasks, dynamic arm supports may be used. The Yumen Arm is a novel dynami...
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Background: Therapeutic management of the upper extremity (UE) function of people with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) requires sensitive and objective assessment. Therefore, we aimed to measure physiologic UE function of SMA patients with different functional abilities and evaluate the relation between these physiologic measures and functional UE s...
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Objective: To investigate trunk function during seated upper extremity tasks in patients with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 2 and 3. Design: 17 persons with SMA and 15 healthy controls (HC) performed several tasks when sitting unsupported, such as reaching (and placing) forward and sideward. Joint torque and muscle activity were measured du...
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In this exploratory study we aimed to select the most valid and feasible accelerometer to measure daily physical activity at home in 10 children with mitochondrial disease. Using the experimentally-selected GENEActiv, good to excellent short- and long-term test-retest reliability of daily physical activity was found. Especially in children with mor...
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This study aimed to identify critical physiological outcome variables underlying reduced upper extremity task performance in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). These critical variables were used to propose an explanatory biophysical model of the upper extremity working mechanisms in DMD. Twenty-three DMD patients (8–21 years) participated in this s...
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The human hand is important for the performance of activities of daily living which are directly related to quality of life. Various conditions, such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) can affect the function of the human hand and wrist. The ability to assess the impairment in the hand and the wrist by measuring the range of motion (ROM), is esse...
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(Use this link for free access until 27-01-2018: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1WBDc3QUujYaQD) The aim of this research was to study impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions due to upper limb involvement in people with four different types of neuromuscular disorders (NMD) - FacioScapuloHumeral Dystrophy (FSHD), Limb-Girdle...
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Background Robotic arm supports aim at improving the quality of life for adults with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) by augmenting their residual functional abilities. A critical component of robotic arm supports is the control interface, as is it responsible for the human-machine interaction. Our previous studies showed the feasibility of using...
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Background Adults with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) can benefit from devices that actively support their arm function. A critical component of such devices is the control interface as it is responsible for the human-machine interaction. Our previous work indicated that surface electromyography (sEMG) and force-based control with active gravity...
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Background Therapeutic management of upper extremity (UE) function of boys and men with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) requires sensitive and objective assessment. Therefore, we aimed to measure physiologic UE function of healthy subjects and DMD patients in different disease stages, and to evaluate the relation between these physiologic measure...
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Purpose: Duchenne muscular dystrophy can lead to upper extremity limitations, pain and stiffness. In a previous study, these domains have been investigated using extensive questionnaires, which are too time-consuming for clinical practice. This study aimed at gaining insight into the underlying dimensions of these questionnaires, and to construct...
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While there is an extensive number of studies on the development and evaluation of electromyography- (EMG) and force-based control interfaces for assistive devices, no studies have focused on testing these control strategies for the specific case of adults with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). This paper presents a feasibility study on the use of...
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Due to progressive muscle weakness, the arm function in boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) reduces. An arm support can compensate for this loss of function. Existing arm supports are wheelchair bound, which restricts the ability to perform trunk movements. To evaluate the function of a body-bound arm support, a prototype (based on the Wilm...
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Preserving upper extremity (UE) function in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is extremely important as it is related to independence and quality of life. For clinical decision making, knowledge of variables associated with UE function is necessary. This knowledge is, however, limited. Therefore, this study aims to gain more insight i...
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Adults with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) can benefit from active arm supports that augment the residual motion capabilities of their arms. While there is a considerable number of active exoskeletons commercially available for rehabilitation purposes, no active exoskeletons for supporting the arm function during the performance of activities of...
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Purpose To investigate the upper extremity (UE) at the level of impairments and related activity limitations and participation restrictions in people with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD). Methods The study was conducted using web-based questionnaires that were distributed amongst people with FSHD in the Netherlands. Eighty-eight respo...
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Background: Persons suffering from progressive muscular weakness, like those with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), gradually lose the ability to stand, walk and to use their arms. This hinders them from performing daily activities, social participation and being independent. Wheelchairs are used to overcome the loss of walking. However, there ar...
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Accumulating evidence points to a role of the cerebellum in the pathophysiology of primary dystonia. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the abnormalities of cerebellar motor learning in primary dystonia are solely detectable in more pure forms of cerebellum-dependent associative motor learning paradigms, or whether these are also pres...
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With increasing life expectancy, upper extremity (UE) function becomes more and more important in boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Knowledge of UE function in these children is, however, limited. The aim of this study was to gain insight into the changing patterns of UE function during the course of DMD. A Web-based questionnaire on UE...
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Duchenne muscle dystrophy (DMD) is a muscular disorder characterized by progressive muscle weakness, resulting in loss of functions. With increasing life expectancy, the preservation of functional abilities becomes increasingly important. Good assistive arm supports however are rare and do not support the full range of arm functional abilities. For...
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Duchenne muscle dystrophy (DMD) is a disorder characterized by progressive muscle weakness, resulting in loss of functions. With increasing life expectancy, the preservation of functional abilities becomes increasingly important. Good knowledge on functional abilities is needed, since this information is important for developing new supportive aids...

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