We are developing innovative neurorehabilitation technologies on the basis of scientific evidences mainly obtained from animal studies. Our project has three main components: study of brain reorganization that underlies functional recovery after stroke, and development of devices to monitor brain activity during rehabilitative training, and development of intervention methods to promote brain reorganization.
１．Animal experiment-based neurorehabilitation
We are investigating plastic changes in gene expression, neural circuit, and brain activity that underlies functional recovery after brain damage using animal models. Based on the scientific evidences of plasticity, we are also developing innovative neurorehabilitation technologies.
２．Development of highly reliable functional near-infrared spectroscopy
The brain receives outside information and process/response to it in an appropriate way. For exploring where and how the function works, brain function measurement techniques, such as functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS), and Electroencephalogram (EEG), have been developed. We focus on fNIRS, and develop more reliable method to measure the brain functions.
３．Artificial Intelligence and Brain Machine Interface
We aim to build artificial neural network model that duplicates visual information processing in the biological brain and apply the model to brain machine interface technology that decodes neural signals for mind reading.