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Rune Thorsen, M.Sc.e.e, Industrial Ph.D.

Researcher at Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi, Milan, Italy

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My research is focused on the development of methods and devices for rehabilitation of the physically challenged especially for improving the hand function and walking. This involves signal processing, electronics, control theory, functional electrical stimulation and processing of EMG signals, hardware and software development, construction of biomedical devices, clinical investigation of medical devices for human subjects according to ISO 14155, documentation, statistics, risk assessment, etc.

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(Linea 1). Biomedical Technology Dept.
IRCCS "S.Maria Nascente",Fondazione Don Gnocchi Onlus
Via Capecelatro 66, 20148 Milano, Italy
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Permanent member of the International Functional Electrical Stimulation Society IFESS


I was born in Denmark 1967, received my M.Sc.e.e degree from the Technical University of Denmark in 1994 and my Ph.D in bioengineering in 1997. As a researcher in the Danish company, Asah Medico A/S, I carried out research for the European project EPCES (1994-97). Then I started a three-year Post. Doc. position in the European project NEUROS (under the European TMR programme), bringing me around in Europe; 1997 in Italy at the Bioengineering Center (Centro di Bioingegneria), Milano, 1998 in The Netherlands working at Universiteit Twente and in 1999 I conducted experimental work in collaboration with Salisbury District Hospital and University College London in England. In 2000, a new EU project (NeuralPRO) gave me the opportunity to settle in Italy - working at the Bioengineering Center, Don Gnocchi Foundation (Centro di Bioingegneria) then a department of the Bioengineering Department, Polytechnic of Milan.
Since 2007 I have been Full Senior Researcher (permanent staff) at the Biomedical Technology Department of Don Gnocchi Foundation (Polo Tecnologico, Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi).






Fondazione don Carlo Gnocchi, Milan, Italy
Senior Researcher


Centro di Bioingegneria, Milan, Italy

Post Doc.


University college London and Salisbury District Hospital

Post Doc.


University of Twente, The Netherlands

Post Doc.


CBI, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy

Post Doc.


ASAH Medico A/S, Denmark

Industrial Ph.D. Fellow

The Technical University of Denmark

The University Hospital, Denmark

Publications, Patents and Conferences

I am also serving as referee for the following indexed journals
and conferences