15th April 2024

N-CODE Stakeholder-Led Study Group April 2024

Location: Telford, Shropshire
Venue: The Telford Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort
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From Monday 15th April to Thursday 18th April, N-CODE’s 2024 Study Group took place at The Telford Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort.

The attendees worked together to co-create solutions for our challenges of unmet need, which required the development of innovative neurotechnologies to shift the emphasis of diagnosis and management of a variety of neurological conditions from the hospital into the community.   

Researchers from academic or industrial backgrounds at all career stages participated in the Study Group, forming truly multi-disciplinary teams to co-create novel solutions. Those teams then delivered innovative solutions for community-based neurotechnologies built around digital health, neural interfacing, signal processing, machine learning and mathematical modelling as enabling technologies.

The three themes of Challenges addressed were:  

  1. Using technology to improve the diagnostic accuracy of cognitive assessments for preclinical Alzheimer’s disease

  2. Developing inclusive and remote outpatient neurorehabilitation services through the use of digital technology, mathematical modelling and machine learning

  3. Supporting differential diagnosis and supporting neurotechnological solutions for management of functional neurological disorder and paroxysmal neurological events

On Day 1, the three challenge themes were presented by the nominating stakeholder. Researchers  worked collaboratively in a hackathon style on the challenge(s) that most interested them to co-create innovative solutions. At the end of the event, teams presented their solution to receive feedback from the room.

Following the event, the newly formed collaborative groupings have been invited to submit light-touch proposals to N-CODE for follow on pump-priming funding of up to £40,000 per project. This pump-priming funding will enable the development of pilot data or prototypes suitable for publication and application for significant onward funding.

Study Groups are a well-established method to seed new collaborations between diverse stakeholders and academia, leading to unexpected new insights and lasting collaborations, as well as to outcomes such as publications, patents and grant funding to further develop partnerships.

For those unfamiliar with Study Groups, examples of challenges proposed at the 2023 N-CODE Study Group and updates on the projects funded can be found here. 

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