20th March 2023

N-CODE Stakeholder-Led Study Group March 2023

Location: Cornwall
Venue: The Bedruthan Hotel & Spa
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The inaugural N-CODE Study Group took place on 20-24th March 2023 in Cornwall.  

As well as being a stunning location for an event, the choice of venue was deliberate in highlighting the needs of rural communities, such as in Cornwall, where accessing neurological care in hospitals is challenging. The development and use of neurotechnologies in the community for the diagnosis and management of a wide variety of neurological, neuropsychiatric or neurodevelopmental conditions may help benefit the lives of patients in such communities.    

Attendees at the event were from a wide range of backgrounds and brought together a fantastic mix of skills and experience at all levels of career stage. 

 
Four challenges of unmet need were presented on day 1:  
  1. Re-writing Loneliness in Dementia
  2. Can Data from Smart Watches Predict When Epileptic Seizures Will Occur?
  3. Non-invasive Brain-computer-interfaces for Remote Rehab and Training of Motor Skills
  4. Assessment and Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Exploring Neurotechnological Solutions in a Digital World

Researchers then self-organised into groups around the challenge(s) that most interested them and worked collaboratively in a “hackathon” style to co-create solutions. There was an opportunity to present an update on progress mid-way though the event and then build in the feedback and ideas into the ongoing discussions. On the final day the groups presented back their progress on addressing the challenge and the plans for co-creation of digital and technological solutions.  

 
After the event the groups produced summary reports of the discussions at the Study Group which are available here:
  1. Re-writing Loneliness in Dementia
  2. Can Data from Smart Watches Predict When Epileptic Seizures Will Occur?
  3. Non-invasive Brain-computer-interfaces for Remote Rehab and Training of Motor Skills
  4. Assessment and Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Exploring Neurotechnological Solutions in a Digital World

 

N-CODE has subsequently funded four pump priming projects as a direct outcome of the Study Group which are summarised here:
  1. Investigating a Wearable Solution for Epileptic Seizure Forecasting: A Transdisciplinary Project​ 
  2. Non-invasive Brain-computer-interfaces for Remote Rehab and Training of Motor Skills
  3. Assessment and Treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in a Digital World
  4. Re-writing Loneliness in Dementia
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We look forward to reporting on the outcomes from these studies.   

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