Acute Neurol. Rehabil./Intens. Monitor.







Karin Diserens

Senior Lecturer
Senior staff member
Head of the Laboratory of Acute Neurorehabilitation - LNRA
Laboratoire de recherche en neurorééducation aiguë

Keywords: Coma, Disorders of Consciousness (DOC), Cognitive Motor Dissociation (CMD), Prediction, Acute neurorehabilitation, Neurosensorial approach, Brain Computer Interface, PeriPersonal Space, Robotic neurovegetative disorders, Virtual reality, Spasticity, Early mobilisation

Research interests

Overall our research aims to increase detection accuracy of covert awareness/Cognitive Motor Dissociation (CMD) among Disorders of Consciousness in the acute stage, to inform better the decision-making process and prognosis and to improve early therapeutic interventions for severely neurolesioned patients.

Laboratory’s activity

> To bring accurate identification of Cognitive Motor Dissociation (CMD) among Disorders of Consciousness (DOC) in the acute phase by means of the validation of a new clinical tool; the Motor Behavior Tool-revised(MBTr).
We showed that the MBTr has the ability to identify a subgroup of patients showing residual cognition and subsequent recovery of consciousness, underestimated by the validated clinical scales.
> To demonstrate that a neurosensory-stimulation approach enhanced outdoor is especially meaningful for patients with cognitive motor dissociation.
> To investigate functional/cognitive recovery in patients with CMD.
> To implement an EEG motor imagery paradigm coupled with functional electrical stimulation, and an EEG task-free paradigm to differentiate patients evidencing intention without being able to implement it.
> To test and install very early mobilisation and verticalization for acute care patients.
We showed the benefit of verticalization using a newly designed verticalization robot VEMO (personal contribution to the invention of the VEMO verticalization robot), associated with stepping movements.
> To investigate transition between young adults and adults with neuro-disabilities to provide a follow-up along a continual pathway for these individuals.

ORCID: 0000-0002-3000-7794

Publications: Unisciences



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