Disorders of Consciousness: enhancing the transfer of knowledge and professional skills on evidence-based interventions and validated technology for a better management of patients
The overall goal of DoCMA is to enhance international research on Disorders of Consciousness (DoC) by strengthening the collaboration among project participants to leverage the shared scientific and expert know-how in the field.
The partnerships was instrumental in addressing, therefore, the following specific objectives:
Specific Objective 1: Consolidating of a joint international scientific and innovation programme for developing research projects on DoC diagnosis, evaluation and management of patients.
Specific Objective 2: Establishing a standardized methodology, common approach and data sharing resources to enable data access and research collaborations concerning DoC.
Specific Objective 3: Contributing to transfer of knowledge and quality of life of the individuals, by generating new services, technologies and/or products to respond to the society needs concerning DoC.
In short, this action has increased the scientific competence of the consortium members at the international level in DoC research and clinical practice, enhancing the transfer of knowledge and professional skills on evidence-based interventions and validated technology for a better management of patients.
DoCMA aims to enhance international research on Disorders of Consciousness (DoC) by strengthening the collaboration among project participants to leverage the shared scientific and expert know-how in the field. To reach the mentioned goal, the partnership is composed by ten partners from different countries in Europe (Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, and Spain), covering a wide range of expertise, and bringing together academic and non-academic entities. The consortium brings together very complementary expertise on diagnosis (e.g. CRS-R) and evaluation (behavioral, neuropsychological, visual behavioral, neurophysiological, EEG and multimodal neuroimaging) and management of patients (clinical interventions, tDCS, EEG based BCI), but also additional enabling disciplines such as data analysis (data quality, data collection, big data analysis) and transversal issues such as ethics, caregivers/family assessment and support, transfer of knowledge and exploitation of results. DoCMA has the following operational objectives:
Operational Objective 1: To reinforce existing collaboration and create new joint research opportunities among EU partner organizations, selected according to their expertise and complementarity. This reinforced collaboration will be focused on the development of joint research projects on DoC (diagnosis, prognosis and treatment multi projects).
Operational Objective 2: To leverage on the scientific excellence of the project participants, improving the professional careers of the senior staff of the institutions involved in the project by exchanging knowledge and adopting complementary skills through research stays and additional activities.
Operational Objective 3: To improve education of pre-doctorate and PhD candidates and post-docs at participating institutions by providing transversal competences and international projection to the researchers involved.
Operational Objective 4: To elevate the critical mass and innovation potential of the partners to transfer the knowledge and exploit the results, by generating new services, programmes or technologies to respond to the society demands, but also new research proposals to be at the forefront of the TBI/DoC international scientific arena.
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Time frame: 31.08.2022 - 31.01.2023
Funding: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (Europe)