William Lopez wins the Falling Walls Lab Bucaramanga
The Universidad Industrial de Santander hosted yet another successful Falling Walls Lab on 19 August 2016.
16 innovative presenters showcased their research projects, social initiatives and business models - in 3 minutes each. A distinguished jury made up of representatives from academia and industry selected the most intriguing presentation.
The winner of the Falling Walls Lab Bucaramanga will travel to Berlin and participate in the global Lab Finale on 8 November 2016. The winner will also receive a ticket for the Falling Walls Conference on 9 November 2016 within the scope of an A.T. Kearney scholarship.
Meet the winner
William Omar Contreras Lopez Colombia Clinica Foscal Internacional Breaking the Wall of Parkinson's Walking Problems
Gait in Parkinson disease (PD) is characterised by the difficulty of starting and stopping, reduced step length and walking speed, increased gait cadence, and freezing. Such impairments contribute to a greater risk of dangerous falls including death-threatening trauma and loss of functional independence. Despite the benefits of dopaminergic medication and high frequency deep brain stimulation, therapeutic effectiveness on gait impairment remains limited. Evidence supports the use of rhythmic external visual and auditory signals (cueing) to improve gait in PD patients. Combined auditory-visual cueing provided by a wearable technology improved walking in Parkinson´s disease patients.
Meet the jury
Dr. Reinhard Babel, (Chairman of the Jury), Director, German Academic Exchange Service Colombia (DAAD)
Prof. Jean Lapeze, Director of the Master in Economics and Territorial Development, University Grenoble-Alpes
Prof. Edna Rocío Bravo Ibarra, Director of Semiosis Lab, Universidad Industrial de Santander
Prof. Gustavo Pérez Hoyos, Associated Professor, Universidad Católica de Colombia
Prof. Henry Arguello Fuentes, Associated Professor, Universidad Industrial de Santander
Jose Vicente Pons Andreu, BioSequence Founder S.L. and Manager, Business Innovation SL
Mauricio Montoya Bozzi, Chief Executive Officer, Electrificadora de Santander ESSA
The participants and the jury of the Falling Walls Lab Bucaramanga 2016.