Dr. D. Ángel Manuel Gil Agudo
Jefe del Servicio de Rehabilitación. Hospital Nacional de Parapléjicos de Toledo.
Angel Gil-Agudo completed medical training at the University Complutense of Madrid and specialisation in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Ramón and Cajal Hospital, Madrid (1993). Researcher from 1994 to 1996 in Institute of Biomechanics in Valencia (IBV). After more than fifteen years working in different Spanish Hospitals as a clinician in PM&R departments he returned to research activities. He obtained his Ph.D degree from University Complutense of Madrid (Spain) working about manual wheelchair propulsion ergonomics in spinal cord injury patients (2009). He served as Director of the Biomechanics and Technical Aids Department at National Hospital for Paraplegics (NHP), Toledo (Spain) from 2005 to 2015. Since February 2015 he is the Head of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department in that hospital. The main focus of his research is clinical application of movement analysis for spinal cord injury patients (gait analysis in incomplete syndromes, manual wheelchair
propulsion, functional evaluation, pressure mapping at the user-cushion interface, upper limbs movements). More recently he is working on theapplication of biomechanics to the development of systems based on virtual reality for upper limb rehabilitation treatment and the development of neuro-robotic and neuro-prosthetics to compensate or restore movement disorders. He has published about 40 papers in indexed international reviews. He has been principal investigator in 5 National competitive projects funded by Ministry of Health (Health Institute Carlos III) and Ministry of Economy (MINECO) including a clinical trial to assess the efficacy of exoskeletons in gait rehabilitation for spinal cord injury patients. He was participated in HYPER Project (CONSOLIDER-INGENIO 2010 Call) coordinating NHP activities under CSIC direction. He has also been involved in several European projects related to Robotics in Rehabilitation corresponding to 7th Framework Programe on Research and 2020 Horizon.
Since 2015 his research group belongs to the Unit associated to the CSIC, Neural Rehabilitation Group, Cajal Institute.
He is an expert projects evaluator of the thematic area of Biomedical Engineering of the Subdirectorate General of Research Projects of MINECO. He obtained the award for the best doctoral thesis in Castille-La Mancha in 2009. He has been included in Scientific Comittee in several scientific Congress. He keeps in close contact with relevant Spanish groups in relation to Rehabilitation Engineering, such as Neural Rehabilitation Group, Cajal Institute, CSIC, Brain-Machine Interface Systems Lab, University Miguel Hernández Elche and European such as Santa Lucia Foundation, Rome, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, UK or Heidelberg Universitary Hospital, Germany.
He became an International Gold Classifier recognized by the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation. He belongs to Ibero-American research network on exoskeletons (REASISTE) and to European Multicentre Spinal Cord Injury study (EMSCI group). Member of the Medicine Academy in Murcia (Spain). He is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine in Alcala de Henares University.
He collaborates in several University Masters related to Bioengineering and Rehabilitation Engineering with different Universities. He has directed 6 doctoral theses with Cum Laude mention and he collaborates as a peer reviewer in different impact factor reviews.