Spasticity a reliable method of measurement
This research was completed on 31 March 2005
|Project Leader||Professor Garth R Johnson, FREng, PhD, CEng, FIMechE, Dr C I M Price, MB, MRCP, CMEd and Professor Michael P Barnes, MD, FRCP|
|Location||Centre for Rehabilitation and Engineering Studies (CREST), University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne.|
|Grant awarded||26 October 2000|
|Start date||1 April 2001|
|End date||31 March 2005|
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