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WP8: Development of a new home environment for transcranial stimulation

Work package 8 is led by Dr. Rafal Nowak (NE) with the support of Starlab.

Work package 8 will design and develop a novel home based, remotely-supervised noninvasive transcranial current stimulation therapy system for children with ADHD and ASD. This work package focuses on the following objectives:

  • To develop a cloud-enabled, wearable and wireless hybrid EEG-tDCS stimulator and simple and fail-safe electrode positioning headset, intended for home and non clinical environments use, for the treatment of children with ADHD and ASD
  • To develop a cloud based platform for remote management and home-based tDCS treatment supervision, including semi-automatic EEG data analysis
  • To integrate the treatment management protocol and patient clinical data with smartphone based registration
  • To integrate EEG measures able to monitor therapeutical interventions

The goal of work package 8 is to design and build a home based, remotely-supervised noninvasive transcranial current stimulation therapy system for children with ADHD and ASD. The primary innovations of this therapy system will include:

  • An easy-to-do wearable wireless hybrid EEG-tDCS therapy system suitable for remotely supervised home and nonclinical environments use
  • The possibility of a flexible individual adjustment of stimulation parameters and electrode montages for each particular person based on individual modeling electrical current density and distribution (in collaboration with work package 3) and assessment/follow up of EEG changes
  • A cloud platform for remote management and home based treatment supervision 
  • The integration of the home based system with a smartphone based registration of symptoms and side effects

The proposed system will provide a wearable device that patients with ADHD/ASD can easily set-up. The system will ensure safe and reproducible tDCS stimulation sessions with remote scheduling and monitoring through a cloud system (wireless internet). A very important feature of the system will be the individual adjustment of stimulation parameters, including dosing (current intensity and duration). This will be the first tDCS system capable of individualized stimulation, including EEG monitoring. Remotely-supervised EEG-tDCS system will serve as an extension of in-clinic administered tDCS sessions, allowing multiple session application without repeatedly travel to the clinic and significantly reducing treatment costs. Successful development will result in a feasible, safe, deployable, easy-to-use home-based tDCS therapy and data collection system. Development will focus on treating ADHD/ASD; however, the proposed system may prove beneficial for other chronic disorders and clinical studies.

Home environment for transcranial brain stimulation
home environment for transcranial brain stimulation
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