Human neuroscience facilities

Electroencephalography (EEG) facility

This facility provides a variety of EEG equipment, sufficient to cover a wide range of research areas, experimental strategies and brain-computer interfacing applications.

The EEG facility provides a variety of EEG equipment, with the capability to cover a wide range of research areas, experimental strategies and brain-computer interfacing applications, as well as a NIRS system, capable of co-registration with EEG.

The facility also has four spacious, acoustically and electromagnetically shielded experimental booths, equipped with stimulus presentation systems and separate control areas.

EEG cap for monitoring brain activity

Psychophysiology facility

The Psychophysiology facility offers equipment to record behavior and physiological signals, including electrodermal activity, pulse plethysmography, electrocardiography, electromyography, temperature, respiratory effort and airflow, as well as advanced head-fixed and head-free eye-tracking.

The facility has four spacious acoustically shielded experimental booths, equipped with stimulus presentation computers and separate control areas.

Human behavioural monitoring equipment

Neuromodulation facility

The Neuromodulation facility provides access to magnetic and electric brain stimulation equipment (advanced TMS and tDCS/tACS) to investigate brain circuit function in humans.

Mulitpolar neurone showing dendrite development. Credit: Ginger Withers

Virtual reality facility

The Virtual reality facility will include innovative systems that will allow researchers to conduct realistic behavioral experiments in virtual immersive environments, coupled to neural recording and/or stimulation.

The facility comprises several interconnected subsystems. These include an immersive display system with a walking motion platform providing realistic full immersion, full-body tracking, body support and gait perturbation.

A virtual reality room uses head-mounted display technology for experiments that do not require free walking. Synchronized neural recording/stimulation (EEG, EMG, TMS, etc.), as well as virtual content generation tools and real-time 3D animation software (body tracking, avatars, scenes, volumetric rendering), are available for both systems.

The facility is designed to interface with other equipment from the Human Neuroscience Platform, such as neural or psychophysiology recording or stimulation systems. Experimental setups can also be designed and ported to the nearby MRI facility using compatible hardware and software.

Virtual reality at Campus Biotech

Sleep and clinical research unit

The Sleep and clinical research unit is the clinical research gateway to the human neuroscience platform.

The unit provides a reception area and three private experimental rooms especially designed for human sleep studies.

Each room is equipped with a bed, table, computer for the presentation of visual and auditory stimuli, and a 16-channel EEG system with additional capabilities including respiration monitoring and skin conductance recording.

Two rooms contain an air extractor for the circulation of odors and are compatible with 64-channel EEG systems.

The facility also includes two bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and a relaxed seating area for study participants and patients who require a quiet, private environment.

The entire facility, including the bathrooms, is fully accessible by wheelchair.

 


Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

The facility’s MRI scanner is dedicated to neuroscience research. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has become one of the most widely used tools in neuroimaging research. It provides three-dimensional images of the brain with a resolution of one millimeter or less in a completely non-invasive manner.

Functional MRI is a particular technique that allows researchers to highlight the brain regions activated by responding to a specific stimulation or performing a specific action. Brain images acquisition can be complemented by the recording of other physiological measures, for example respiratory and cardiac frequency, and electromyography. Combining this information can improve understanding of brain functions.

The Campus Biotech MRI facility is equipped with cutting-edge technology for the acquisition of functional brain images at high spatial as well as temporal resolution. The physiological signal recoding system includes several different modules to enrich the functional data and an MR compatible screen and headphones allows delivery of visual and auditory stimulation to the participants.

MRI scanner at Campus Biotech

Human electrophysiology program

The HEP is a joint HUG-Wyss Center human electrophysiology facility to support the testing and pilot investigational research needed for evaluation early stage devices in humans.

This clinical facility supports early stage human testing and pilot investigational research in a controlled clinical setting. It also provides the capacity to record the activity of single neurons in the human brain in the setting of invasive neurosurgical procedures such as epilepsy surgery.

Neural signal recording equipment

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