The groups unified in this consortium are uniquely qualified to approach and fulfill the aims of the project because each of the members has specific, long and outstanding experience in key research areas, such as neuropsychological assessment, bio- and neurofeedback, cognitive training with people after stroke, telemonitoring, supervision, home support, product development and dissemination practice, necessary for the success of CONTRAST.
The roots of Julius-Maximilians University at Würzburg reach back as far as 1402 AD. In that era, it was the sixth institution of higher learning to be founded in the German-speaking regions of Europe. Würzburg University holds a position among the leading institutions in Germany. On an international level, the University of Würzburg rates in the top bracket of academic institutions in many disciplines of science, for instance, in Biology, Medicine, Physics and Psychology.
The University of Graz (German, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz), a university located in Graz, Austria, is the second-largest and second-oldest university in Austria founded in 1585. Over 22,000 students are currently enrolled at this university.
The CONTRAST project will be implemented by the Section Neuropsychology at the Department of Psychology of the University of Graz. It is part of the Faculty of Natural Science and is a leading Austrian institution for neuroscientific research. The core team of the Section Neuropsychology currently consists of over 10 persons (Director, 3 PostDocs, 8 PhD students) working in the following research areas: brain computer interface (BCI), neurofeedback, learning and neuroplasticity and neurobiological basis of human cognition. Our research methods include electroencephalography (EEG), near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), eye tracking and virtual reality. The Department of Psychology has close collaborations with the Institute for Knowledge Discovery (Laboratory for Brain-Computer Interfaces, BCI Lab) at the Graz University of Technology (TUG), the University Clinic Graz and the Judendorf-Straßengel rehabilitation center.
Principal investigator: Dr. Guilherme Wood.
The University of Luxemburg (UL) was founded in 2003, and is, thus, one of the youngest universities in Europe. It offers a range of high-quality programmes at all levels. It is multilingual and research-led, with a strong focus on systems biomedicine and related areas from the natural and social sciences. The research team implicated in CONTRAST is formed from members of the group in Clinical and Health Psychology (Director: Prof. Claus Vögele, PhD) within the INSIDE Research Centre of the University of Luxemburg, which focuses on the identification of risk factors for major chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disorders, obesity, and disordered eating to develop strategies for better intervention and prevention.
The group's research activities take place in the Clinical Psychophysiology Lab (CliPsLab). CliPsLab is designed for the experimental investigation of risk factors and psychophysiological processes that are important for the development or maintenance of chronic physical and mental disorders, such as cardiovascular disorders, neurological conditions, obesity, anxiety disorders and disordered eating to develop strategies for better intervention and prevention. It comprises a suite of custom-built rooms for the noninvasive monitoring of psychophysiological responses to a wide range of psychologically relevant stimuli and situations, including pictures, videos and complex social-interactive paradigms. The equipment includes polyphysiographs for the monitoring of central-nervous-system (64-channel EEG), cardiovascular (continuous blood pressure, ECG, impedance cardiography), electrodermal (skin conductance), respiratory (respiration frequency) and electromyographical activity. In addition, CliPsLab comprises facilities for the investigation of behavioural (facial expression, reaction times) and endocrine and immunological responses to mental stress. For field research there is a range of ambulatory testing equipment.
Principal investigator: Prof. Claus Vögele (PhD).
Fondazione Santa Lucia (FSL) is a nationally renowned hospital for neuromotor rehabilitation, covering virtually all aspects in the fields of neuromotor and cognitive rehabilitation, from clinical to basic scientific investigations.
The Laboratory of Neuroelectrical Imaging and Brain Computer Interface fosters the development of advanced methods for the estimation of brain activity and connectivity from high-resolution EEG recordings and BCI technology, mainly aimed at the merger into the broader field of Assistive Technologies.
T-Systems is Deutsche Telekom’s corporate customer arm. Using a global infrastructure of data centers and networks, T-Systems operates information and communication technology (ICT) systems for multinational corporations and public sector institutions. With offices in over 20 countries and global delivery capabilities, T-Systems serves companies in all industries – from the automotive industry to telecommunications, the financial sector, retail, services, media, energy and the manufacturing industry all the way to government agencies and the healthcare sector. Approximately 47,600 employees worldwide use their industry expertise and ICT know-how to provide top-quality service. T-Systems generated revenue of around EUR 9.1 billion in the 2010 financial year.
As a driver of innovation within the Deutsche Telekom Group, T-Systems Iberia is a pioneering company in the scope of Virtual Reality (VR) technologies in Spain. Through a dedicated VR team of multidiscipline experts, made up of multimedia engineers, computer science engineers and 3D artist, with great experience and equipped with the most advanced systems of visualization, computation and 3D simulation, this sets up T-System’s Virtual Reality Center (CRV) as the leading group in VR development within the Iberian Peninsula.
Mind Media B.V., located in Roermond the Netherlands, is the company behind the NeXus systems, the world leading biofeedback and neurofeedback systems to date. Mind Media has been developing, manufacturing and selling the NeXus systems since it was founded in 1992. Both researchers, clinicians and health professionals acknowledge the NeXus systems as the #1 choice in multi-channel, multi-modal biofeedback and neurofeedback systems, using them to optimize health and performance.
Mind Media´s NeXus systems process, record, analyze, visualize and feedback numerous physiological signals from the body and the brain. They are used in the field of psychophysiology and neurophysiology, where the interaction between mind and body is studied. For these applications Mind Media has developed not only the systems, but a whole set of new sensors and electrodes and intelligent BioTrace+ software as well, enabling a more precise and efficient way to study physiological signals.
Hasomed GmbH is an owner-managed family business dedicated to provide Quality Made in Germany for clients. For more than 25 years, Dr. Peter Weber and Frank Schulze explore and develop innovative approaches for medicine engineering. Certified to EN/ISO 13485, HASOMED offers improvement strategies for neurological rehabilitation and administration matters in practices. Our team operates worldwide as the export business is constantly growing.