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

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 732032

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 December 2016

  • End date

    30 November 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.2.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 8 648 827,89

  • EU contribution

    € 8 359 862,50

Coordinated by:

FUNDACIO INSTITUT CATALA DE NANOCIENCIA I NANOTECNOLOGIA

Spain

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.
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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

€ 1 314 448,66

Participants (10)

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 1 069 380

UNIVERSITE GRENOBLE ALPES

France

EU Contribution

€ 1 499 255,07

ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS

France

EU Contribution

€ 107 389,44

CENTRE HOSPITALIER UNIVERSITAIRE DE GRENOBLE

France

EU Contribution

€ 199 886,25

MULTI CHANNEL SYSTEMS MCS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 802 041,66

UNIVERSITE DE GENEVE

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 920 950

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 369 507,50

LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 1 189 595,49

WAVESTONE LUXEMBOURG SA

Luxembourg

EU Contribution

€ 209 081

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 678 327,43

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 732032

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 December 2016

  • End date

    30 November 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.2.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 8 648 827,89

  • EU contribution

    € 8 359 862,50

Coordinated by:

FUNDACIO INSTITUT CATALA DE NANOCIENCIA I NANOTECNOLOGIA

Spain