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Bidirectional Hyper-Connected Neural System

Objective

Current brain and neural interfacing technologies still face significant limitations to become accessibility tools that can benefit people. On the one hand, non-invasive neural interface technology (e.g. EEG, EMG) is intrinsically unidirectional and of limited capacity. On the other hand, invasive technology (e.g. percutaneous EMG, implanted nerve electrodes or intracranial electroencephalography) while allowing two-directionality and better performance still relies on complex surgical procedures.
EXTEND aims at developing the novel concept of Bidirectional Hyper-Connected Neural Systems (BHNS) to extend the capabilities of neural interfaces with minimally invasive communication links between multiple nerves in the body and multiple external devices. EXTEND will realise BHNS by developing disruptive wireless neuromuscular (injectable) interface technology that enables distributed stimulation, sensing, processing and analysis of neuromuscular activity, the ultimate stance of the neural code of movement.


The EXTEND project will showcase the advantages of this new technology in two applications: (1) tremor management in essential tremor (ET) and Parkinson disease (PD), and (2) neural interfaced assistive wearable robots for spinal cord injury (SCI). EXTEND will also work towards a community hub that brings together stakeholders to create an innovation ecosystem that can nurture the fast development of neural interfaces around the new concept.

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2017-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 800 657,50

Participants (8)

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 563 311,25
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD POMPEU FABRA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 358 750
Address
Placa De La Merce, 10-12
08002 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 390 625
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
SERVICIO MADRILENO DE SALUD
Spain
EU contribution
€ 195 625
Address
Plaza Carlos Trias Bertran 7
28020 Madrid
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Össur hf
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 264 250
Address
Grjothals 5
IS-110 Reykjavik
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SERVICIO DE SALUD DE CASTILLA LA MANCHA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 120 000
Address
Avenida Rio Guadiana 4
45007 Toledo
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
TECHNAID SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 250 592,50
Address
Calle Doctor Esquerdo 39
28028 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
REHABILITATION INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO
United States
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
355 East Erie Street
60611 Chicago
Activity type
Research Organisations