BRAINTRAIN will improve and adapt the methods of real-time fMRI neurofeedback (fMRI-NF) for clinical use, including the combination with electroencephalography (EEG) and the development of standardised procedures for the mapping of brain networks that can be targeted with neurofeedback.
Its core component will be the exploration of the efficacy of fMRI-NF in selected mental and neurodevelopmental disorders that involve motivational, emotional and social neural systems. The ultimate goals of BRAINTRAIN are therefore to :
- Develop new or optimize existing imaging technologies,
- Validate their application as a therapeutic tool to mental and behavioural disorders by integrating imaging data with complementarity knowledge resulting bioinformatics and clinical data,
- Allow the diagnosis of mental disorders at the pre-symptomatic stage or early during development,
- Better measure disease progression.
- Develop transfer technologies for fMRI-NF through EEG and serious games.
BRAINTRAIN is innovative in the development of new real-time imaging technologies e.g. new sequences, image reconstruction methods and data analysis software. This will also be the first clinical testing of fMRI-NF in a set of disorders with extraordinary socioeconomic and public health impact.
The project started in November 2013 and will last four years. It is coordinated by Cardiff University (Professor David Linden, Wales, UK).
BRAINTRAIN is a European research network (Collaborative Project) supported by the European Commission under the Health Cooperation Work Programme of the 7th Framework Programme, under the Grant Agreement n°602186.