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Initial Training Network: Lateralized Attention Networks

Objective

The proposed Initial Training Network for Lateralized Attention Networks (ITN-LAN) brings together 6 research teams with established international reputations and, more importantly, is founded on well established collaborations. The long-term scientific objectives of the proposed ITN-LAN are: (1) To validate and standardize a behavioural battery for assessing the attentional networks of the two cerebral hemispheres and their interaction, (2) To study its neurophysiological correlates using EEG/ERP, fMRI, NIRS and TMS, (3) To assess methods for modulating the attention networks in each hemisphere and their interaction using: (i) biofeedback of the participants own ongoing EEG or fMRI, (ii) TMS to generate selective 'virtual lesions' of hemispheric attentional networks. The focus of the current proposal is to assess critically and rigorously the effectiveness of biofeedback in modulating attention, a goal which has both basic and applied aspects. Common to both aspects is our ability to harness cortical plasticity in the service of ameliorating not only acquired, but also congenital attention deficits. The clinical application has commercial potential and this will be pursued by the industry associated partner (Bio-Keshev). The proposed ITN-LAN offers a comprehensive range of research methods and theories in attention research. First, we cover ALL the non-invasive research methods applied in this field, and second, we look at attention processes at all levels, from sensory to frontal cortex regions, from childhood to old age, and from normal performance to acquired and developmental disorders. We ask to fund 312 person-months, mostly (92%) ESR. One of the centres is located in a less-favoured region. We are privileged to have Prof. Michael Posner as our consultant, being an eminent researcher in the field of attention.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2007-1-1-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

EBERHARD KARLS UNIVERSITAET TUEBINGEN
Address
Geschwister-scholl-platz
72074 Tuebingen
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 490 164
Administrative Contact
Susanne Stoppel

Participants (6)

University of Finance and Managment
Poland
EU contribution
€ 161 207
Address
Pawia 55 Str
01-030 Warszawa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Piotr Jaskowski (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY OF HULL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 190 634
Address
Cottingham Road
HU6 7RX Hull
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
David Parkinson (Mr.)
UNIVERSITE PARIS DESCARTES
France
EU contribution
€ 202 891
Address
Rue De L Ecole De Medecine 12
75270 Paris Cedex 06
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eric Siéroff (Prof.)
University College London
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 211 132
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kent Lee (Mr.)
FONDAZIONE SANTA LUCIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 205 517
Address
Via Ardeatina 306
00179 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Antonio Ierna (Dr.)
TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Israel
EU contribution
€ 415 862
Address
Senate Building Technion City
32000 Haifa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marx Davison (Mr.)