INDIREA is a European Marie Curie funded training network which aims to investigate and improve diagnostics and rehabilitation of attentional disorders within neuropsychological populations such as brain injury and neuropsychological diseases.
The training network is set up across six top higher education institutions in Europe, who are hosting thirteen early stage career researchers. Through INDIREA these PhD candidates are being trained in state of the art, advanced training workshops and have the opportunity to collaborate closely within the network as well as with the associated industrial partners in order to capitalise and implement the research outcomes into practical clinical solutions.
This project involves the development of a new and fully integrated approach to understanding and rehabilitation disorders in patients – going from the measurement and modelling of basic brain processes through to the creation of linked, clinically applicable, neuropsychological assessments and attentional training.
The assessments will be closely tied to the rehabilitation procedures, which are designed to re-instate or by-pass the impaired behaviour. The new diagnostic procedures will be developed commercially and the rehabilitation studies will provide experimental tests for larger-scale commercial clinical trials.
PhD programmes linked to the novel assessments and rehabilitation procedures will give students unique breadth of knowledge and also experience in the application of the diagnostic and rehabilitation procedures to industry. The cohort of students will be exceptionally well-placed to make a ‘disruptive’ change in the evaluation and treatment of attentional disorders.
Aims and Objectives
OVERALL AIM 1: to enhance the neuropsychological diagnosis of attentional disorders by linking clinical measures to detailed cognitive models and their associated neural biomarkers, and to develop the diagnostic procedures as commercial tests. This will be realised through 4 specific strategic objectives (SOs).
OVERALL AIM 2: to use advanced neuropsychological measures of attention (OVERALL AIM 1) to design and evaluate individualised rehabilitation for attentional dysfunctions.
OVERALL AIM 3: to provide a new cohort of PhD students with inter-disciplinary scientific and technological skills linked to the generation of commercial outputs.