Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has already been used successfully with non-responsive patients to learn more about relevant brain activity. However, fMRI has many problems – it is not portable, affordable or accessible for most patients, and completely impractical for frequent use. One peer-reviewed study showed that over 40% of patients diagnosed as vegetative are reclassified as (at least) minimally conscious when assessed by expert teams. Diagnosis can be exceedingly difficult, even for experts, since these patients may be completely unable to move in response to stimuli or questions. For those reasons, Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) technology using the EEG has been adapted for Disorder of Consciousness (DOC) assessment, creating a much more practical way to measure brain activity, assess DOC in patients and provide simple communication and cognitive training for some of them.
Learn about current assessment techniques such as the mindBEAGLE system, which can be used for assessment of patients with DOC or other types of brain damage. It supports longitudinal monitoring when learning about the stability of consciousness and attention and offers basic communication and attention training. This seminar aims to teach neurologists and other medical experts about current developments and methods of coma assessment, communication and training with BCIs.
DI Rupert Ortner
Since 2010, Rupert Ortner has worked at g.tec medical engineering GmbH as a researcher in the field of BCIs. He studied biomedical and electrical engineering in a team led by Prof. Gert Pfurtscheller at the Technical University in Graz, Austria. In his dissertation, he focuses on BCIs for the assessment, communication and training for people who suffer from brain damage, DOC and stroke.
DI Dr. Christoph Guger
Christoph Guger is the founder and CEO of g.tec medical engineering GmbH. He studied Biomedical Engineering at the Technical University of Graz, Austria and at the John Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA. During his studies, he concentrated on BCI systems and developed many of the early foundations for bio-signal acquisition and processing in real-time. g.tec produces and develops BCIs that help disabled people communicate or control their environments by their thoughts, regain motor functions after a stroke, and achieve other goals. The products and research activities have been widely presented in peer-reviewed research publications, demonstrating the high quality of g.tec’s tools and methods.
|TARGET GROUPS||Neurosurgeons, Neurologists, Physicians, Enthusiasts|
|DATE||Friday June 23rd, 2017,
09:00–12:00 am and 01:00–04:00 pm
Saturday June 24th, 2017, 09:00–12:00 am
|VENUE||g.tec medical engineering, seminar rooms
Sierningstrasse 14, 4521 Schiedlberg (Austria)
|PARTICIPANTS||max. 20 participants|
|PRICE||350 € incl. 20% VAT (documents, lunch, coffee, drinks are included)|
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