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High-density cortical implants for cognitive neuroscience and rehabilitation of speech using brain-computer interfaces.

Objective

The goal of BrainCom is to develop a new generation of neuroprosthetic devices for large-scale and high density recording and stimulation of the human cortex, suitable to explore and repair high-level cognitive functions. Since one of the most invalidating neurospychological conditions is arguably the impossibility to communicate with others, BrainCom primarily focuses on the restoration of speech and communication in aphasic patients suffering from upper spinal cord, brainstem or brain damage. To target broadly distributed neural systems as the language network, BrainCom proposes to use novel electronic technologies based on nanomaterials to design ultra-flexible cortical and intracortical implants adapted to large-scale high-density recording and stimulation. The main challenge of the project is to achieve flexible contact of broad cortical areas for stimulation and neural activity decoding with unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution. Critically, the development of such novel neuroprosthetic devices will permit significant advances to the basic understanding of the dynamics and neural information processing in cortical speech networks and the development of speech rehabilitation solutions using innovative brain-computer interfaces. Beyond this application, BrainCom innovations will enable the study and repair of other high-level cognitive functions such as learning and memory as well as other clinical applications such as epilepsy monitoring using closed-loop paradigms. BrainCom will be carried out by a consortium assembled to foster the emergence of a new community in Europe acting towards the development of neural speech prostheses. Thanks to its high interdisciplinarity involving technology, engineering, biology, clinical sciences, and ethics, BrainCom will contribute advances to all levels of the value chain: from technology and engineering to basic and language neuroscience, and from preclinical research in animals to clinical studies in humans.

Call for proposal

FETPROACT-2016
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

FUNDACIO INSTITUT CATALA DE NANOCIENCIA I NANOTECNOLOGIA
Address
Campus De La Uab Edifici Q Icn2
08193 Bellaterra (Barcelona)
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 419 573,66

Participants (10)

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 1 069 380
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITE GRENOBLE ALPES
France
EU contribution
€ 1 499 255,07
Address
621 Avenue Centrale
38058 Grenoble
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS

Participation ended

France
EU contribution
€ 107 389,44
Address
Boulevard Saint Michel 60
75272 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
CENTRE HOSPITALIER UNIVERSITAIRE DE GRENOBLE
France
EU contribution
€ 199 886,25
Address
Boulevard De La Chantourne
38700 La Tronche
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
MULTI CHANNEL SYSTEMS MCS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 802 041,66
Address
Aspenhaustrasse 21
72770 Reutlingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITE DE GENEVE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 920 950
Address
Rue Du General Dufour 24
1211 Geneve
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 369 507,50
Address
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 189 595,49
Address
Geschwister Scholl Platz 1
80539 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
WAVESTONE LUXEMBOURG SA

Participation ended

Luxembourg
EU contribution
€ 103 956
Address
10 Rue Du Chateau D'eau
3364 Leudelange
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 678 327,43
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments