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Assistive Health

Coordinators : Stéphane Perrey and Nabil Zemiti

The Integrated Project “Assistive and Health” targets to provide advanced healthcare methodologies and technological tools to support health professionals to quantify and measure objectively the movement, the clinical status and/or rehabilitation progress of patients suffering from neurological disorders. During the last years, several projects have been carried out in collaboration mainly with the CHU of Nîmes and Montpellier. One research work proposed a new animal model of direct spinal stimulation on bladder and bowel functions facilitated by an innovative powerful stimulation device enabling real time modulation of stimulation parameters[1]. Thereafter, one can cite a second major result aiming to evaluate subtle subcortical changes on resting state level with new tools based on functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG) techniques before and subsequentto wide-awake surgery for brain diffuse low-grade glioma[2]. Regarding training related to research activities, a research engineer has been funded and hired to support the equipment/platforms of the medical robotics group located since October 2017 at the new Montpellier-Nîmes Medical School which integrates an innovative “Learning and Simulation Medical Training and Research Center” and an “Experimental Surgery Lab.”.

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[1]T. Guiho, C. Delleci, C. Azevedo-Coste, C. Fattal, D. Guiraud, JR. Vignes, L. Bauchet (2018). Impact of direct epispinal stimulation on bladder and bowel functions in pigs: A feasibility study. Neurourol. Urodyn, 37(1):138-147. doi: 10.1002/nau.23325

[2]A. Boyer, J. Deverdun, H. Duffau, E. Le Bars, F. Molino, N. Menjotde Champfleur, F. Bonnetblanc (2016). Longitudinal Changes in Cerebellar and Thalamic Spontaneous Neuronal Activity After Wide-Awake Surgery of Brain Tumors: a Resting-State fMRI Study. Cerebellum, 4: 51-65. doi: 10.1007/s12311-015-0709-1