Engaging brain capabilities to counteract neurological deficits
Brain capabilities are somehow underestimated partially because of the limits of the current technology. Part of brain functioning can be measurable by quantitative methods which allow diagnoses, customized treatments and testing of new and alternative rehabilitation strategies. Neurological diseases such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and (early Alzheimer) Mild Cognitive Impairment lead to deficits which can be counteracted by the engagement of brain capabilities with the aid of the current technology.
Stefano Silvoni is a researcher at the Department of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience of the Central Institute of Mental Health, Heidelberg University, and he is collaborating with the University Tübingen. He has been working for more than 18 years in the field of brain-computer interface and clinical neuroscience. At S.Camillo Hospital in Venice he learnt about neurorehabilitation strategies and conducted studies in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis patients for communication purposes. Currently he is involved in a project of the German Research Foundation to develop strategies counteracting the Alzheimer disease in its early stages. He devotes his time for the quality of life of patients with neurological diagnosis.