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Cognition, Action, and sensorimotor plasticity

ARC Kinboard

ARC (Subvention libre n°3184), 2009-2012
Title: Système d'aide et d'évaluation en vue de l'optimisation de la chirurgie éveillée
Acronym: Kinboard
Coordinator: François Bonnetblanc (UMR INSERM 1093, Cognition, Action et Plasticité Sensorimotrice, CAPS)


  • Prof. Hugues DUFFAU (INSERM U1051, Institut des Neurosciences de Montpellier et Département de Neurochirurgie? CHU Gui de Chauliac, Montpellier)



Projet ARC

The planned works result from the KINBOARD project initiated in early 2010 and aim to prototype and validate a computerized support for functional assessments in order to optimize the cognitive awake surgery in Neuro-oncology, improve the quality of life of patients and their monitoring. This project is funded by the Association for Research on Cancer. This is a grant of 180 000 Euros for three years. This project is one of the 13 projects received among 160 submitted. This project has also received additional funding on an ANR Synerjinov up to 65 000 euros. This funding aims at supporting technological transfert and involves several partners. Currently, the functional assessments used are standard and applied in neuropsychology but their implementation remains rudimentary and limited. In fact, these tests use a simple pencil and paper, which notably reduces their sensitivity, objectivity and consistency from one practitioner to another. These aspects are important to optimize the functional mapping and limit the consequences of the surgery. In addition, this rudimentary procedure induces a significant loss of useful information which could be used to better understand the effects of surgery and improve the planning of surgical procedures retrospectively. This aspect is still very important to learn this difficult surgical technique. The project aims at developing a technological platform for the evaluation of motor and cognitive skills used to quantify the performance of patients during the surgery itself and to provide real-time information to the neurosurgeon. Very briefly, this technological platform is similar to a touch screen presenting stimuli to the patient on which this latter must respond (data being recorded). Simultaneously, another neurosurgeon interface provides results and patients’ responses are quantified in real time.

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