The full name of the project is FP6 EU NEST BRACCIA.
- FP6 Framework Programme
- NEST New and Emerging Science and Technology Initiative
- BRACCIA (Brain, Respiration and Cardiac Causalities in Anaesthesia)
Aim of the project
The aim of the BRACCIA project is to reduce the fraction of people who experience pain during surgical procedures carried out under general anaesthesia. Within the project, researchers explore the coupled dynamics of the cardiorespiratory and neural systems of the human body. The interactions and synchronization in the brain activity are studied using the ideas of the theory of complex networks. Differences found in the dynamical states in awake and asleep patients will indicate possible ways of reliably measuring the depth of anaesthesia thereby improving the information the anaesthetist works with during a surgical procedure. The research is divided into three main areas: data acquisition, modeling of the dynamics and data analysis.The main project website is http://www.lancs.ac.uk/depts/physics/braccia/.
The team of participants in the BRACCIA project is made of seven groups from diverse institutions across the European Union.
||United Kingdom||Data acquisition (humans), modelling, analysis|
||Germany||Nonlinear dynamics theory|
|University of Ljubljana
||Slovenia||modeling, data acquisition (rats)|
|Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne
|Hospital of Ulleval, Oslo
|Institute of Computer Science,
Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
|Royal Lancaster Infirmary,
Morecambe Bay Health Trust