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  • 17 November 2014

    On the occasion of the World prematurity day, researches of CareToy project are glad to announce the end of the pilot phase of the clinical trial. The CareToy project, funded by European Committee, is devoted to early intervention in preterm infants based on a biomechatronic platform: a modular smart baby gym with sensorized toys.

    The first clinical and technical results were presented in Pontedera (Italy) last November 7 during an important international workshop dedicated to the new frontiers of biomechatronic techniques for the early diagnosis and intervention of the psychomotor development.
    The CareToy project is now in the most crucial phase, the clinical trial. Six systems are currently working in parallel, three in Italy and three in Denmark. The CareToy approach is perfectly in line with all the initiatives related to the care of preterm infants. Using modern ICT technologies (Information Communication Technology) the CareToy Consortium developed a platform that allows to promote the brain development of the infants.
    First results are very interesting and promising: 20 infants have been tested at their home during last months for the first pilot phase of the project. We are confident that once completed the randomized study (that is now on going) we could demonstrate how an enriched environment improves the prognosis of at risk infants. CareToy allows to provide stimuli in an appropriate and suitable way not only in the clinical centres but, through playing activities, it allows families to continue the stimulation of the infant at home while the clinical staff can remotely customize the most suitable activities for his development and his specific needs.

    The CareToy project, coordinated by the BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa), is the product of an international collaboration between Universities and firms. It involves 6 partners from 4 European countries: IRCCS Fondazione Stella Maris (Calambrone, Pisa), the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Hamburg (Germany), the "Helen Elsass" (Denmark), and the Italian companies STMicroelectronics and MR&D.

  • Pontedera, 7 November 2014

    Pontedera, the BioRobotics Institute, Room 1, from 9am to 1.30pm.

    International workshop in the framework of the CareToy Project: New frontiers for early intervention in neurodevelopmental disorders:
    the CareToy approach

    During the workshop several invited speakers will present and discuss about infants' neurodevelopmental disorders.

    Attached is the programme of the event, attendance is free and registration can be made on site on Friday morning.

    For further details please contact the Project Manager, dr. Francesca Cecchi:

  • February 3, 2014

    A documentary of the Project Caretoy of the BioRobotics Institute, Work Out to Catch Up was produced and is broadcasted by the Euronews channel.

    In case you have access to our terrestrial/satellite network, you can watch it HD on your TV.

    Below is the Euronews TV channel broadcasting schedule until February 09, 2014:

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    Sunday 9 Feb 







    Please, note that all times are CET, and that scheduled broadcasting can change or even be delayed in case of LIVE events.

    In case you missed live, full video can be watched HERE

    The report will also be avalaible from February 4th, 2014 onwards on the Euronews website. It will also be available on Youtube, Facebook and Twitter, as well as in many other smaller regional streaming  and social media websites.

    We also invite you to visit the Euronews Facebook page!/euronewsknowledge, where you will be able to  watch this episode and many others. 

    this video is copyrighted by the European Commission 2014 / euronews 2014

  • Rai1, 24 January 2014

    CareToy project is on Galeno, Italian TV news.

    Full Video at SSSUP

  • Nov 28, 2013

    TVSlo1 28.11.2013: Dobra ura z Boštjanom, izobraževalno-svetovalna oddaja, Ugriznimo znanost-nedonošenčki (projekt CareTOY na 56:50), v prispevku prof. Mihelj

    Good hour with Boštjan, educational and advisory TV show, Snapping Science - preterm born.
    Presentation by prof. dr. Matjaž Mihelj, project CareTOY

    Watch it on RTV Slovenija, TV Slo1

  • Rome, November 22 2013

    CareToy is at PAED: Perception Action and learning in Early Development

    Lecture by Prof Cecilia Laschi and Francesca Cecchi: "Instrumented toys for neurodevelopmental bioengineering: from early diagnosis to (tele)rehabilitation"

  • Vilnius November 6 - 8, 2013

    The CareToy project is at ICT 2013 - Create, Connect, Grow, in Vilnius on 6-8 November 2013
    Full programme at: ICT 2013

  • Florence, October 24, 2013

    Paolo Dario presented the CareToy project at Meet the Life Sciences, Regional event on European opportunities on Health
    Read Further (in Italian) at: Meet the Life Sciences

  • Brussels, Septmeber 25 2013

    CareToy project at Michelangelo Concertation workshop.

    Representatives of six research projects dealing with neurological disorders together with experts in the field of autism will meet in Brussels (Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre) on Wednesday September 25, 2013 (09:00- 16:30).

    Read Further: Official Page

  • May 22 2013

    Neurodevelopmental disorders affect the population of infants in percentages that cannot be considered marginal and have high impact on the final outcome with significant consequences for children, parents and society.
    Early diagnosis and intervention are crucial.
    The workshop will give an overview of different approaches for early diagnosis at the international level.
    Final program soon online.

  • Rome, March 20-21 2013

    CareToy Project participated in ROMECUP 2013 (Rome, March 20-21). The aim of this annual event is to connect schools, universities and companies. During the three days, different activities were organized: workshops, conferences, exhibition areas and robotics competitions between schools throughout Italy.

  • Rai3, 31 January 2013

    CareToy project is on GEO&GEO, an Italian TV programme on Science and Educaton.

    Full Video at SSSUP

  • Brussels, 18 December 2012

    The first CareToy review meeting held in Bruxelles

  • Rai1, November 9 2012

    CareToy project presented at Uno Mattina. “Uno mattina”, is an Italian TV program broadcasted for 25 years on Rai 1.
    The transmission talks about news, current affairs, politics, but also medicine, nutrition, self-care and beauty, animals, science and more.
    On Friday morning a special section is devoted to the “Science and Research” and on Friday 9th, 2012 the CareToy project was presented.

    Full video at: SSSUP

  • October 10-13, 2012

    The 4th International Cerebral Palsy Conference will be hosted by the town of Pisa, Italy, on October 10-13, 2012.
    The conference will be devoted to all aspects of cerebral palsy, from early diagnosis to standards of care and to new therapeutical approaches. In addition, special lectures will be dedicated to the opportunities offered by recent advances of research in Neuroscience. Contribution for understanding and treating Cerebral Palsy from animal models, genetics, stem cells, cognitive neuroscience will be discussed. The new framework provided by ICF approach, with a special attention to the quality of life, will be also taken into account, especially in relation to transition to adulthood.

  • September 15, 2012

    Workshop on new multi-sensor devices for remote management of disease

    See also the full event of the Workshop

    Nowadays sensor miniaturization and MEMS development allow acquiring a great quantity of data. Innovations at system level and at component level allow the development of new systems for remote management of diseases, treatment and rehabilitation, outside hospitals and care centres.
    In particular, technological progress and new advanced data processing techniques open new perspectives for exploring new applications with infants and children. Through artificial sensors and advanced signal processing human sensing and diagnostic capabilities can be extended. Indiscernible or unstructured information about the child’s interaction with the environment can be translated to a form that clinicians can immediately understand and interpret. This requires new methods for multisensory fusion, integration, action recognition and interpretation as well as extrapolation of results.

    Neurodevelopmental engineering is a new interdisciplinary research area at the intersection of developmental neuroscience and biomedical engineering, mainly concerned with quantitative analysis and modelling of human behaviour during neural development.

    Main application fields of Neurodevelopmental Engineering are: new clinical protocols and standards for early diagnosis, functional evaluation and therapeutic treatments of neuro-developmental disorders and new generations of educational, interactive multi-sensor toys which can provide adequate stimuli and guidance for supporting the physiological neurodevelopment process.

    The workshop aims at showing some results in this field and also at giving an updated view of the techniques for sensory integration that could be used for personal health systems.

    Matjaz Mihelj
    Faculty of Electrical Eng.,
    Univ. of Ljubljana
    Trzaska 25, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
    Tel: +386 1 4768 219

    Francesca Cecchi PhD,
    BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
    Viale Rinaldo Piaggio 34
    56025 Pontedera (PI), Italy

  • June 26-29, 2012

    Third National Congress of Italian Group of Bioengineering (GNB 2012)

    It is aimed at promoting and coordinating educational, research and technology-transfer activities carried out in Italy in the field of bioengineering. The GNB 2012 Congress will host keynote lectures from leading national and international bioengineering experts and an exciting programme of oral and poster contributions providing a comprehensive overview of the most recent research advancements in Bioengineering in Italy.

  • June 25-27, 2012

    the CareToy project is at bioengineering week

    Bioengineering Week

  • June 24-27, 2012

    BioRob Conference 2012 in Rome, Italy

    See more details at Biorob2012

    Organized session on "New Tools for research on children development" (Fabrizio Taffoni and Francesca Cecchi)

  • April 17, 2012

    Focus Group on customers' needs analysis with parents @ Fondazione Stella Maris, Pisa, Italy

  • February 6 and 7, 2012
  • June 13-15, 2012

    first experimental tests with children were held Fondazione Stella Maris,
    in Pisa, Italy

  • May 7, 2012

    Clinical meeting at Helen Elsass Centre
    Copenhagen, Denmark

  • January 2012

    The website is now online and publicly accessible to everyone interested in this project.

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