Aims and scope

This lab is built upon the development of techniques for the analysis and conditioning of neural structures involved in the generation of both volitional movement strategies and spinal reflexes in humans. The main target groups of pathologies considered are some of the most prevalent neurological conditions, such as stroke survivors, and patients with traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury.

The two main objetives of the lab are 1) to understand the movement-related neurophysiological mechanisms mediating the pathological conditions and recovery potential of the patients; and 2) to develop noninvasive neuromodulation strategies to empower neural rehabilitation leading to improved motor function. To that end, advanced processing and classification technologies based on EEG and EMG recordings and ways to induce changes noninvasively in neural structures (by means of peripheral muscular/nerve stimulation or transcranial magnetic/electric stimulation) are used.

Our long-term goals are:

– The characterization of the cortical changes and of the changes in the cortico-cortico and cortico-muscular interactions associated with the planning and execution of voluntary movements in the target pathologies and during the rehabilitation process

– The definition of new metrics assessing the neuromotor function by testing the the connectivity and excitability of cortical, descending and peripheral neural pathways

– The development of BCI technologies characterizing motor intentions and integrated in multimodal human-machine interfaces that can lead to natural assistive technologies for the motor function

– The development of EEG/TMS/tDCS/(F)ES-based technologies for the neuromodulation and conditioning of cortical and spinal neural networks associated with the motor control in both upper- and lower-limbs

 

Research Projects

Associate – A comprehensive and wearable robotics based approach to the rehabilitation and assistance to people with stroke and spinal cord injury (Proyectos de I+D “EXCELENCIA” y Proyectos de I+D+I “RETOS INVESTIGACIÓN” 2014)

 

People

Lab Leaders:
Dr. Jaime Ibáñez
Prof. José L. Pons

PhD students, MsD students, staff:
Aitor Martínez (PhD student)
Oscar Herrero (PhD student)
Arantzazu San Agustín Pérez (PhD student)