Grant agreement no.: 247935
Grant Scheme: BETTER - FP7-2009-7.2 - STREP
Project full title: Brain-Neural Computer Interaction for Evaluation and Testing of Physical Therapies in Stroke Rehabilitation of Gait Disorders
Project acronym: BETTER
Duration of the project: 36 months
Start date of the project: 01.02.2010
Project successfully completed
Brain-Neural Computer Interaction for Evaluation and Testing of Physical Therapies in Stroke Rehabilitation of Gait Disorders
Walking incorrectly creates a stigma and makes stroke patients more susceptible to injury, affecting quality of life. Most promising interventions to restore walking function are based on robotic systems. The main objective of the project is to improve physical rehabilitation therapies of gait disorders in stroke patients based on BNCI (Brain Neural Computer Interfaces) assistive technologies, improving systems, providing guidelines for further improvements, and developing benchmarking tools.
The project validates, technically, functionally and clinically, the concept of improving stroke rehabilitation with robotic gait exoskeletons based on a TOP-DOWN approach: motor patterns of the limbs are represented in the cortex, transmitted to the limbs and fed back to the cortex; such TOP-DOWN therapeutic treatment would aim to encourage plasticity of the affected brain structures to improve motor function.