Mission and Vision:
The vision of this Five-year project is to build an open-source platform for brain cognitive modeling which supports future cognitive rehabilitation, during coming 20 years we are witness the coming age of multi-level, integrated understanding of brain structure and function through the development and use of information and communication technologies.
Currently Human brain (Europe) and Brain Initiative (USA) Projects emerge flagship mega projects in integrating brain knowledge, improving the understanding and developing IT platform for future health care system in own territories and initiate more efficient diagnostic and treatment clinical routine based on the output of these 10-15 years projects(Farrokhi, Toostani, Farasatkhah, & Ekhtiari, 2014).
In order to achieve to develop a brain cognitive modeling platform university of Sao Paulo (USP), Neurocognitive Engineering Laboratory intends to play a role as a leader of Brazil in multidisciplinary research collaboration with USP, Institute of Mathematics and Computer Sciences (ICMC), and, neuroscience and behavioral department as well as neurology department of faculty of medicine (USP, Ribeiro Preto). On the other hand recently we executed the Memorandum of understanding between ICMC, USP, and College University of New York in head modeling and current distribution in brain.
Due to reach the mentioned vision it is needed to project Neurofunctional model as a testable framework for desired cognitive disabilities and it is considered to run the platform on the pilot of multidisciplinary tinnitus rehabilitation (MTR) project, multicenter clinical trial in Neurofunctional model validation, which funded by Center of Mathematical Sciences Applied to Industry (CeMEAI), Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers (CEPID) of Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) since last year in ICMC of USP. And based on QEEG-fMRI, dEEG, Head modeling of high definition tDCS as type of TES mentioned task we are going to improve the objectives of cognitive rehabilitation project.
Cognitive rehabilitation Project will execute experimental on animal in order to identify the architecture of brain network involves in Tinnitus as well as related running clinical trials can support to acquiring the crucial data for model validation.
Furthermore to achieve to cognitive rehabilitation we will projecting cognitive modeling and rehabilitation assessments accordance to cognitive model. 3D game and virtual reality are mentioned as the most effective platforms for cognitive rehabilitation.
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Ghodratitoostani I, C. B. D. A., Torabi-Nami M, Makkiabadi B, Jalilvand H, Sanchez TG. (2016). Theoretical Tinnitus Multimodality Framework: A Neurofunctional Model. Journal of Advanced Medical Sciences and Applied Technologies, 2(1).
Iman .G. Toostani, Y. Z. (2013). Tinnitus: A Neuro-functionational Tinntius Model. (Master of Science), University Federal ABC.
Iman G.Toostani, Y. Z., Alexandre C.B. Delbem, Siamak S. Sani, Hamed Ekhtiari and Tanit G. Sanchez. (2015). Theoretical Tinnitus framework: A Neurofunctional Model. Manuscript submitted for publication.