CITEC Center of Excellence at Bielefeld University Exhibits Cognitive Interaction Technology for the Medical Profession at the MEDICA Trade Fair

The Center of Excellence "Cognitive Interaction Technology" (CITEC) at Bielefeld University will be exhibiting a new application of cognitive interaction technology for the medical profession at the MEDICA 2010 Trade Fair.

You can find this at the joint stand of the State Government of North Rhine-Westphalia in Hall 3 (Booth 3c/90) from the 17th to the 20th of November. This system platform, the first of its kind in the world, presents visitors with a demonstration of how a virtual reality (VR) can be used for diagnosis, treatment, and neuropsychological rehabilitation in the fields of neurology and psychiatry.

The system platform is designed particularly for the functional brain disorders frequently resulting from strokes and accidental head injuries but also present in other neurological and psychiatric disorders. Up to now, efficient and patient-friendly methods for diagnosing and treating these illnesses have been lacking—particularly when higher cognitive functions are impaired. Nonetheless, in recent years, a series of experimental studies have shown that VR technologies cam be used to design stimulating dynamic and interactive environments that are so close to daily life that they can be used to rehabilitate functional brain disorders.

The platform is being developed in the CITmed Project—the winner of the EFRE competition "HighTech.NRW." As cooperation partners of Bielefeld University, the psychiatric and neurological wards at the Evangelische Krankenhaus Bielefeld GmbH and the neurological rehabilitation department at the Marcus-Klinik GmbH & Co KG will be carrying out the clinical studies in the project. Further project partners are Velamed GmbH, new media GmbH, and the Zentrum für Innovation in der Gesundheitswirtschaft OWL [Centre for Innovation in Healthcare Management of Eastern Westphalia and Lippe].