The LOOP Zurich at Scientifica 2023

07.09.2023 17:22

The Scientifica 2023, Switzerland's largest science festival, provided visitors with a remarkable opportunity to delve into the world of research and experience the latest advancements. Two projects from The LOOP Zurich were showcased, and the Biomedical Informatics Platform, The LOOP Zurich BMIP, was a topic of a high-profile panel discussion.

pictures panel discussion: Frank Brüderli

StimuLOOP – Personalized Rehabilitation of Tomorrow

One of the highlights of StimuLOOP’s presentation was the demonstration of personalized rehabilitation for patients with the two most common neurological diseases among older individuals: stroke and Parkinson’s disease.

A notable feature of this research consortium is its reliance not only on standard therapy but also on personalized training, where patients learn to actively influence their movement patterns. Visitors to Scientifica had the opportunity to experience various aspects of this innovative therapy through simulations.

The interactive exhibition comprised four areas:

  • Personalized Measurements: This showcased the precise analysis of gait patterns using artificial intelligence.
  • Neurofeedback: The opportunity to actively modulate brain signals to control a moving robot.
  • Consolidation: Insights into the derivation of brain signals during a “sleep challenge” and simulations of the methods used.
  • Adaptation: The identification of pathological gait patterns to provide feedback for gait improvement.

INTeRCePT: “Targeted Treatment for Blood Cancer Patients”

Prof. Dr. med. Thorsten Zenz, Chief Physician for Medical Oncology & Hematology at the University Hospital Zurich, presented the research project “INTeRCePT.”

Thorsten Zenz’ presentation (video in German)

Panel Discussion: “My Data in Medicine – What Do They Achieve, Why Should I Provide Them?”

The LOOP Zurich, specifically the Biomedical Informatics Platform, was also a subject of a panel discussion that examined the role of patient data in medical research. The discussion provided insights into the growing importance of data and digitization in modern medicine. Experts discussed the motivations and concerns that patients may have when providing their personal data for research purposes.

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