Gait analysis under Dual-Task conditions: a biomarker for gait instability, falls, MCI and Dementia?Name : Bernard Auvinet
Affliation : Researcher
University : University of Rennes
Country : France
Bernard Auvinet Doctor of Medicine from the University of Nantes (Thesis prize 1975) was first involved in sports medicine dedicated to equestrian sports (physiology and biomechanics). He launched the national research unit: “Human and Equine compared sports medicine” appointed by the French Research Ministry and dedicated to human and equine athletes’ performances, safety and welfare. Rapidly he became an advisor for the French Equestrian Federation, the British Horse Society, the British Standardisation Institution and the department of veterinary clinical sciences at the University of Sydney.
For 20 years, his major topic of interest has been gait analysis in ambulatory condition dedicated to human locomotion. He was in charge by the National Agricultural Institute to validate the scientific value and the clinical reliability of a new method for gait analysis, based on acceleration measurements (Locometrix). His first major publication on this topic was quoted more than 300 times (Gait & Posture 2002). His current topic of research is based on the fact that gait is under the control of cognitive functions, which can be assessed by the Dual-Task paradigm. His new challenge is to contribute to a composite index for the prediction of cognitive decline which can lead to dementia. Therefore he launched a « Gait instability outpatient consultation Network ».
Associate-researcher - University of Rennes 2 “Gait analysis and clinical applications",
2008-to the present : Associate-researcher at the University of Rennes 2 “Gait analysis and clinical applications”