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ProCare4Life project: final event in Anversa

PROCare4Life – How technology can impact the quality of life of individuals with neurogenerative conditions

Join us on May 23rd for the final public event of PROCare4Life, an innovative Horizon 2020 project focused on improving integrated care solutions for older adults facing neurological and other chronic conditions.

Taking place at the International Conference on Integrated Care in Antwerp, Belgium, this hybrid event will feature expert speakers from the PROCare4Life team, who will share their valuable insights gained throughout our project.

The event will cover a range of topics, including the importance of users’ involvement in the co-creation process, an overview of the PROCare4Life technical solution, results from real-world pilots, and other lessons learned.

Whether you prefer to attend the in-person event or join us via the free webinar, all are welcome to participate. To register for the webinar, 
click here.

To watch the live event click here.

Those interested in attending in person can visit the Integrated Care Foundation’s website to learn more about the International Conference for Integrated Care. Don’t miss this chance to be part of the exciting final event of the PROCare4Life project and learn about the future of integrated care!

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Save the Date – Milan, Sept. 19th, 2022, Pain RELife project results presentation


On September 19 from 4 p.m., the services and preliminary results of the Pain RELife project will be presented in a public event held in Milan, at the Pirelli Hall in Palazzo Pirelli, Regione Lombardia. On the occasion, a panel of experts will illustrate and discuss the opportunities and critical issues of eHealth for chronic pain management.

Chronic pain is one of the most debilitating and costly diseases, identified by the World Health Organization as one of the world’s major public health problems. eHealth paves the way to new approaches and strategies to address this problem with increasing efficiency, at different levels: care pathways digitalization, ecological momentary assessment, Big Data Analytics, telerehabilitation, e-learning for professionals, and patients’ digital literacy.

Pain RELife is a project supported by the Lombardy Region through the European Fund for Regional Development. It is a living lab of technological solutions to improve chronic pain management, promote continuity of care and facilitate decision-making processes.

During the event, which presents the outcomes of almost 3 years of development and implementation, the consortium, coordinated by the European Institute for Oncology (IEO) will present the digital services integrated in the ecosystem, the critical issues and opportunities that emerged from the work, and its preliminary results.

The presentation will be followed by a round table with a panel of digital health and chronicity experts to further the discussion on eHealth and chronic pain management.

The event is free and open to the public, subject to registration. Discussion will be held in Italian.

The full program will be available soon.



The following is a draft programme and may be subject to change

4:00 p.m.      Opening remarks

4:20 p.m.      Presentation of the Pain RELife ecosystem

  • Engaging patients with chronic pain in their healthcare process: the Pain RELife challenge
    Gabriella Pravettoni | Professor in General Psychology, Università degli Studi di Milano, Department of Oncology and Haemato-Oncology, Director of the Psycho-oncology Division, IEO (European Institute of Oncology)
  • Nuplatform: tecnology supporting healthcare pathways digitalization
    Vania Manzelli | Chief Technology Officer, Nuvyta, Milan
  • Process analysis and digitalization in the Pain RELife use cases: eHealth critical issues and opportunities
    Costanza Conti | Research Scientist, Integrated Management Solutions, Milan
  • Use cases: post-stroke pain in Pain RELife
    Luca Chiveri | Neurologist, Casa di Cura del Policlinico, Milan
  • Use cases: Preliminary results of the PainRELife pilot study on patients with breast cancer
    Marianna Masiero | General Psychology Researcher, Università degli Studi di Milano, Department of Oncology and Haemato-Oncology; Psycho-oncology Division, IEO (European Institute of Oncology)
  • Use cases: fibromyalgia in Pain RELife, combining remote exercise therapy and neurostimulation
    Foivos Papaioannou | Clinical advisor, Euleria Health, Rovereto (TN)
  • Improving health literacy of patients with chronic pain: the “menomale” app
    Giulia Candiani | eHealth Manager, Zadig srl Benefit company, Milan
  • Opportunities offered by Big Data in chronic pain management
    Sara Marceglia | Professor in eHealth and Bioengineering, Università degli Studi di Trieste

5.30 p.m.      Round table: Opportunities and challenges of e-health for chronic pain management
Chairperson: Natalia Milazzo, journalist

  • Enrico Castanini | Commissioner for Digital Innovation in Public Administration, Liguria Region
  • Marcella Curone | Migraine and Headache Centre Coordinator, Casa di cura IGEA, Milan
  • Laura Demartini, Pain Therapy Unit Coordinator, Istituto Clinico Scientifico Maugeri, Pavia
  • Maddalena Pelagalli | President, RelaCare Federation –Immune-mediated Diseases, Rome
  • Luca Marin | Ph.D. Laboratory of Adapted Motor Activity (LAMA), Department of Public Health, Experimental and Forensic Medicine, Università degli Studi di Pavia
  • Davide Mazzoni | General Psychology Researcher, Università degli Studi di Milano
  • Ivan Moschetti | General Practitioner and researcher at Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri, Milan

6.15 p.m.      Cocktail



vCARE final event in Bruxelles


The vCare project is soon coming to an end and it’s time to make the final conclusion.

On 29-30 August 2022, the vCare Final Conference is taking place both in Brussels, Belgium and remotely. It is a hybrid event that is organised in two parts:

▶️ Monday, 29 August 2022, 10:00 – 18:00 CET: vCare Final conference | “Shaping a new approach to home-based rehabilitation”new approach to home-based rehabilitation”

▶️ Tuesday, 30 August 2022, 9:00 – 12:30 CET: vCare & Lifebots workshop | “Shaping a new approach to home-based rehabilitation and care: Future approaches and technologies”

You may register separately for the two days.

What is in it for you?

With this final event, vCare aims to to create a dynamic opportunity for people, organisations, companies and projects to interact, look at the project’s results, and explore how to further develop the @Home paradigm.

The second day of the event is organised in collaboration with the LIFEBOTS Exchange project. It will focus on the use of social robots in care, human-machine interaction (HMI), the conditions for effective deployment of Artificial Intelligence (AI), serious games coaching, and the pros and cons of virtual versus physical coaches.

CCPP will present the results of the trial performed inside the clinic, in the living lab premises, and at home of an experimental group of patients affrected by stroke, monitored from the hospital.

Two contributions are expected from our side

  • Validation methodology & lesson learnt, by Dott. Massimo Caprino, Research & Innovation Manager
  • Stoke use case: by Dott. Riccardo Re, Physiotherapist

Looking forward to interact with you in Brussels or virtually!





EHDEN – European Health Data & Evidence Network


  • CCPP joins the European open science federated network on digital health data

CCPP has become part of the EHDEN project – European Health Data & Evidence Network (www.ehden.eu), a European consortium in which about 140 partners operating in the digital health innovation chain participate. EHDEN’s mission is to provide a new paradigm for health data discovery and analysis in Europe by building a federated data network from partners across Europe, focused primarly on the clinical research. Academic research groups, data partners (e.g. hospitals and registers) and SMEs, thanks also to the push provided by the EHDEN project, are paying more and more attention to the different aspects that characterize the set up of digital health hub.

The peculiar aspects that will be dealt with within the project concern in particular the Sciences related to the observation of Health Data of the OHDSI program (www.ohdsi-europe.org) and the Common Data Model (CDM) di Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership (OMOP).

Moreover, we state also the start-up of the new community “OHDSI Italia” (www.ohdsi-europe.org/index.php/national-nodes/italy), which aims to become a point of reference and meeting point for all these Italian realities, in order to enhance the mutual experiences of approach to the international community as well as to address typically national issues.


ProCare4Life project: latest release of newsletter is online

The ProCare4Life H2020 European project (https://procare4life.eu/) is going to start the pilot execution. Casa di Cura Privata del Policlinico has a pivotal role on the topic, guesting some of the more relevant test on motor and cognitive rehabilitation in the context of Parkinson disease. In the ongoing month of January, we have started to enrol patients, addressing to different scenarios: on in the rehabilitation center and the other on in the continuity of care between the clinic and the home.

You can read about the progress of the project in the new issue of the newsletter.




vCARE project: latest release of newsletter is online

The vCARE H2020 project (Virtual Coaching Activities for Rehabilitation in the Elderly) is going to complete the living lab validation. Casa di Cura Privata del Policlinico has a pivotal role on the topic, guesting some of the more relevant test on motor and cognitive rehabilitation. Next September we are expecting the start of telerehabilitation, that will allow stroke patients to have continuity of care between clinic and home.

You can read about the progress of the project in the issue n° 4 of the newsletter:



Research, Biobank and Biomarkers

Neurodegenerative diseases are diseases that affect the nervous system at various levels causing a progressive and irreversible deterioration of cognitive functions. Among these, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease are the most common. During the course of the disease, patients develop increasing difficulties in carrying out daily activities and in relating, progressively losing their autonomy, with a significant impact on their families and caregivers.

The development of solution treatments together with the need to better understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms responsible for the onset of neurodegenerative phenomena are the greatest challenges that scientific research seeks to respond to. In particular, in the last decade, research has focused on the study of biomarkers, or biological indicators of the disease that can be found in body fluids, such as blood, saliva and urine. Thanks to the easy availability of these biological samples, the identification of biomarkers would be an alternative and highly advantageous diagnostic approach compared to conventional methods, such as brain imaging and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) analyzes, which are expensive, as well as invasive for the patient. In addition to the diagnostic utility, the development of biomarkers would allow a broader screening of the population at risk of the disease, informing about the prognosis, facilitating a more correct enrollment of patients in clinical trials, constituting a tool for the evaluation of more specific drug treatments.

Always dedicated to the treatment and rehabilitation of neurological diseases, for some years CCPP has started research projects aimed at studying and identifying potential biomarkers in the blood for diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Stroke . Using a multidisciplinary medical-health staff, CCPP provides a neurological and neuropsychological assessment of healthy individuals or those affected by neurodegenerative diseases; those who express their will, by signing an informed consent, can donate their blood and CSF samples for research purposes. The blood is then processed by CCPP biologists who divide it into plasma, serum, peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC), DNA. All samples are adequately recorded and stored in the CCPP BioBank which is part of the Italian network BBMRI (Biobanking and Bio-Molecular Resources research Infrastructure of Italy), National Node of the European Research Infrastructure of Biobanks and BioMolecular Resources (BBMRI-ERIC). Subsequently, the Neurobiology Laboratory for translational medicine of CCPP carries out the characterization of biological samples through different biochemical and molecular methods, with the aim of identifying the degenerative mechanisms underlying the disease and any specific biomarkers.

The interconnected activity of the medical-scientific team, made up of doctors, psychologists, biologists, bioengineers and other professionals, allows to integrate the in-depth clinical knowledge of the neurological patient with the results obtained in the laboratory, in order to always adopt therapeutic and rehabilitative treatments. more personalized and improve personal care.


vCARE project: new release of the newsletter is online

Despite the effect of COVID 19 pandemic, the vCARE H2020 project (Virtual Coaching Activities for Rehabilitation in the Elderly) has entered in the last phase, the one of validation. Casa di Cura Privata del Policlinico is one of the pilot centers, the one directed to assess the benefits of virtual coaching technologies in supporting the stroke patients in the continuity of care between the clinic and home.

You can read about the progress of the project in the issue n° 3 of the newsletter: 



VCARE project lab tests at a start

The VCARE technical lab tests have just begun in Valencia, Wien and Karlsruhe pilot sites. This project, funded by the European Commission within the Horizon 2020 framework, aims to create a link between rehabilitation care in hospitals and discharge at home, promoting a seamless, customized and engaging healthcare solution, that enhances the quality of life of neurological and cardiological patients (affected by Stroke, Parkinson Disease, Heart Failure and Ischemic Heart Attack) while handling risk management. This first technical stage, held in cutting-edge labs, will be followed by the living lab stage, to be carried out at Casa Di Cura Privata Del Policlinico and involving a group of patients in a controlled environment, to test the running of the Rehabilitation Virtual Coach.

To keep up to date with project upcoming activities, latest news and info click here

Click here for a deeper overview of the project milestones

The vCARE project in the context of the continuity of care


PROCare4Life “Personalised Integrated Care Promoting Quality of Life for Older People”

Casa di Cura Privata del Policlinico has recently been selected for funding, through the European Commission “Horizon 2020” Research & Innovation programme, to realize an exciting and ambitious research project called “PROCare4Life”, which stands for “Personalised Integrated Care Promoting Quality of Life for Older People” (https://procare4life.eu/).

This project proposes a flexible, scalable and interactive platform mainly addressed to patients affected by neurodegenerative diseases, like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s dementias, or other chronic diseases. The purpose is to improve the quality of life of all users involved in the care delivery system, from patients to their caregivers and socio-health professionals. This objective will be achieved thanks to the use of innovative technologies, including low-cost sensors to monitor symptoms associated to neurodegenerative diseases, and artificial intelligence methods for physical and mental condition analysis, in order to facilitate a highly customized decision-making process for healthcare professionals. By monitoring patients through wearable, non-invasive sensors, PROCare4Life will learn their habits and detect the symptoms relevant to the main disease. This sensory information will be correlated with the medical and social profile of the user and, based on this data, the therapist will provide notifications and recommendations to improve patient’s health condition.

CCPP is one of the 14 partners from 6 EU countries involved in the project. The other members of the consortium are: Kineticos Lisbon (the coordinator), Parkinson Madrid Association, Universidad Politenica De Madrid, Universiteit Maastricht, University of Westfalia in Muenster, some big IT companies (ATOS Spain and SIVECO Romania) and other clinical centers which will host the pilot action (Portugal, Germany and Romania)

To conclude, the pillars of the PROCare4Life project are: scalability of a socio-healthcare platform, personalization and customization of the adopted models, reliability and security of data access and large-scale validation and testing. It represents a great opportunity to test the use of technology in a wide frame and to enable a multi-disciplinary communication between all involved stakeholders.

The project has been kicked off in January 2020 and will span over a three-year period.


vCare spots a gap: New opportunities for virtual coaches on patient rehabilitation

Led by Peppino Tropea of Milan’s Casa Cura Policlinico, members of the vCare team have mapped recent literature on the use of virtual coaching use in medical care. Their scoping review was on innovative practices.

Given the rapid increase in focus on artificial intelligence and data analytics, virtual coaches are now coming to the fore.

The available literature shows how virtual coaches are being used to engage and guide patients in their ongoing plan of care.

The materials available in three publishing databases, Embase, PubMed, and Scopus, were assessed: at the starting-point, they were almost 400 in number. The result was an overview of close to 50 publications. The focus was on studies with a medical or a clinical orientation.

Chief among the uses of virtual coaches were: managing weight and nutrition, and managing or self-managing chronic conditions like heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, depression, and chronic pain. Encouraging physical activity is a main theme among today’s virtual coaches.

The range of virtual coaches covered “embodied conversational agents”/avatars, electronic coaching programs, smart devices, and support through apps.

With patients, virtual coaches can be used for many more purposes in the medical and clinical fields than they are today.

vCare hopes its insights into the opportunities that this gap offers “may inspire new ideas for future work [..] on virtual coaching.” Rehabilitation, in particular, the authors say, is “the great absentee”, the obvious missing link.

In total, a dozen authors from five institutions in Denmark, Italy, Germany, Romania, and Spain worked to produce this report. They come from a wide range of disciplines in medically-oriented universities, hospital neurological departments, and business schools and economics faculties. Collectively, it is their hope that their work enhances “constructive dialogue between bioengineers and clinicians in creating innovative technological platforms [that can deal with] with new challenges in the world of medical care.”


Public Presentation of the Pre-Commercial Procurement Procedures

Public Presentation of the pre-commercial procurement procedures related to the development of new technological solutions for the realization of a “Robotic exoskeleton for motor rehabilitation in neurological patients with upper limb motor deficit (tender code ARCA_132)” and a “Safe bronchial aspiration system (tender code ARCA_133)”.

Wednesday 11th July 2018 – 2.30 pm
Sala Solesin
Milan – Palazzo Lombardia – Entrance N4 – 1st Floor

Azienda Regionale Centrali Acquisti – ARCA, on the input of the Research, Innovation, University, Export and Internationalization Department of the Lombardy Region, has published two pre-commercial public procurement procedures, funded under the ERDF ROP 2014-2020, with the aim to explore, in a comparative way, the advantages and disadvantages of various alternative technological solutions in order to filter the technological risks of Research & Development before committing to a commercial contract.

Please register by July 9th, 2018 by sending an email stating the participant’s name, surname, organization and the call for tenders of interest at the following e-mail address:

All the presented material is available, for dowloading, at the follow link


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Workshop tDCS and Rehabilitation

The objective of this workshop is to investigate current issues related to the use of this safe and non-invasive technique in motor and cognitive rehabilitation thanks to the participation of experts of national and international reputation. Work will be presented that has shown efficacy in improving motor and cognitive functions in elderly subjects, patients suffering from stroke or suffering from dementia. Finally, new techniques of transcranial stimulation, such as cerebellar stimulation and transcutaneous spinal cord stimulation, will be discussed. This training event originates from the training plan envisaged by the memoMCI project funded by the European Community through the Horizon 2020 Program Marie Sklodowska Curie IF-RP Project Grant No. 658496 (PI Marco Sandrini, CCPP). The aim of this project is to improve episodic memory through the use of DC transcranial stimulation in subjects with Mild Cognitive Decay (MCI), a population that has a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia progressive. The ECM-CPD accreditation – Lombardy Region was requested for professionals with a health profile.


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Regional Tender for Development of Exoskeletons for Rehabilitation

On March 16th Lombardy Region published two pre-commercial Tenders in the area od Research and Development. The scope is construction of an exoskeletal mechatronic system for the  rehabilitative motor therapy in neurological patients with motor disabilities of the upper limb, and for a system of safe broncoaspiration.

The two tenders have an estimated value of € 2.609.745,91 (excluding VAT) and € 1,133,068.852 (excluding VAT) and will have a duration of 45 months.

It should be noted that the testing and validation of the prototype of the mechatronic system for the rehabilitative motor therapy in neurological patients with rehabilitative motor disability and neurological patients with motor disability of the upper limb will be performed at the Motion Lab premises (Movement Opportunities and Technology Innovations for Neurorehabilitation LABoratory) of Casa di Cura Privata del Policlinico (CCPP), the Health Authority promoting the requirements of the contract, with the purposes of evaluating the real performance of the prototype as well as the degree of effective compliance of the same with the requirements established in the Technical Specifications, identifying any structural, ergonomic, functional and performance deficiencies and therefore verifying their compliance with safety and usability requirements.

Candidacies will be accepted until  August 7th 2018, 2:00 p.m.

For further information on the announcement please visit the following page.


E-Coaching for Active and Healthy Aging

The scope of the workshop is to bring together some of the latest advances, experiences, findings, running enabling projects and developments related to the emerged e-coaching approaches including but not limited to seniors’ behavior smart sensing towards supporting and empowering them for adopt healthier lifestyles and improving health in the rehabilitation setting.

The event will take place on January, 25th 2018 at Casa di Cura Privata del Policlinico and will be held in English Language.

Participation is free, but registration is mandatory.

14.00-14.30- Introduction to the E-coaching in ythe healthcare domain- Dr. Massimo Corbo

14.30-14.50-The running experience of the vCARE project- Prof. Dr. Werner Essewein

14.50-15.20-TeleRehab services for E-coaching- Dr. Lucia Pannese

15.20-15.50-Cloud Infrastructure Services for E-Coaching- Ing. Sofoklis Kyriazakos

15.50-16.10-Coffee Break

16.10-16.40-Interfaces for E-coaching- Ing. Johannes kropf

16.40-17.10- IOT Location services for E-coaching- Ing. Jordi Rovira Simòn

17.10-17.30- Final remarks on E-coaching deployment methology- Dr. Massimo Caprino

17.30-18.00- Open discussion- Pr. Dr. Werner Essewein and Dr. Massimo Corbo



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CCPP: a member of the European Health Telematics Association

CCPP has recently joined the European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL),the leading forum for decision makers and implementers in Europe, engaged in supporting the transformation of the health and care practice in Europe through digitalisation.

The association brings together under one roof a wide range of constituencies crucial for the betterment of health and social care with health IT. They include: National and regional health authorities and systems, Hospitals and other health institutions, Public and private insurance providers, Health professionals, Health managers and executives, Patients, Citizens and consumers, Industry, and Researchers and academics. EHTEL provides a platform for information, representation, networking and co-operation to its 60+ corporate members.”

For further information, please visit following link.


CCPP’s article on the cover of “Neurology”

For the first time a team of bioengineers and neurologists paid tribute to the Italian physician Giuliano Vanghetti, who lived in Tuscany between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, a precursor to all the effects of modern neuroprosthetic techniques. The study published on the cover of “Neurology”, a prestigious magazine of the “American Academy of Neurology”, in the section dedicated to research on the historical aspects of neurology, is devoted precisely to enhancing the work and insights of Giuliano Vanghetti, some still at the base of neuroprosthetics, a branch of science studying bionic arts directly from the thought.

Giuliano Vanghetti

The rediscovery of the ideas and methods of the Italian physician was carried out by researchers from the Institute of BioRobotics from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Casa di Cura Privata del Policlinico of Milan and the Swiss EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne).

The researchers investigated and reconstructed the life and the scientific activity of the Tuscan doctor, thanks to the original materials kept at the “Vanghetti Fund” of the “Renato Fucini” municipal library in Empoli (Florence).

Born in Florence in 1861, Greve in the heart of Chianti, Giuliano Vanghetti is impressed by the events of the Battle of Adua (1896) during the colonial invasion of Ethiopia by the Italian armies. Judging as traitors by Ascari, the Eritrean soldiers regularly framed in the Italian forces, the Ethiopians applied an ancient law and amputated at 800 of them their right hand and left foot. In his home in Empoli, Giuliano Vanghetti begins to work on a solution to move the cosmetic prostheses passed to these veterans by the Italian government. Two years after the Battle of Adua, Vanghetti provides a first description of his method with studies of hens and in 1900 thanks to the help and confidence of prof. Ceci in the hospital in Pisa, Vanghetti manages to test this technique on man. The results are great and the technique, between high and low, begins to spread.

The development of prostheses equipped with movement and controllable by people who have undergone an amputation has been a technological and clinical challenge that has protracted for centuries and has made progress through the work of Vanghetti. Through the study of the mechanical and neurological principles of the neuromuscular system, Giuliano Vanghetti, at the beginning of the twentieth century, was the first to describe and carry out surgical operations to allow patients to move prostheses (then mechanical) and thus restore, at least in part, the movements using the principles of “cineplastic operations” and “plastic motors” to resume the terms used by Giuliano Vanghetti himself. The method of Giuliano Vanghetti was particularly interesting for the researchers: the doctor was the first to exploit the natural movements of the residual muscles to activate the mechanical prosthesis, directly linked to the muscles and tendons. The idea of ​​using what remains of the natural dynamic of the arm to move the prosthesis remains today, more than a century away, at the base of neuroprosthetic.


The international scientific community of the time did not always look carefully at the techniques proposed by the Italian doctor, preferring a variant used by German doctors in the ten years of the twentieth century, not recognizing the paternity of the method. However, they did measure how Vanghetti’s techniques were innovative national prizes (from the Royal Academy of Lynchs and the Italian Red Cross), international awards (the Nobel Prize nomination in 1923) and, above all, the use of his method even until the eighties of the twentieth century.

“The life and studies of Giuliano Vanghetti – commented the researchers who signed the publication on ‘Neurology’ – are remarkable and extremely interesting. It was a river full of ideas and ingenuity, serving the neighbor; in some respects it has been a visionary, and perhaps just for this, only today, finally, it receives from the scientific community that full recognition that life has not had. ”

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In the picture: Dr. Vanghetti Fund, Patient in daily life activities using the prosthesis directly linked to the arm muscles.


Scientific and Technological Cooperation between CCPP and BioRobotic Institute

Casa di Cura Privata del Policlinico and the BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna have signed an agreement for scientific and technological cooperation.

With this agreement, CCPP and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna have launched collaborations on various research lines aimed at conducting joint clinical trials with the use of devices and systems in the field of bio-robotics, neuro-robotics, robotics for motor rehabilitation and biomechanics. These studies will be applied in diagnosis and rehabilitation of people affected by neurological diseases, in analysis of the movement, risk of falling and restoring independence of those at risk.

The two parties have therefore committed to strengthen the relationship between training, research and innovation by using all the resources and competencies available. Research activities under this agreement benefit the great added value of the interdisciplinary teams that involve staff, professors, researchers, undergraduates, research fellows, PhD students and scholarship holders coming from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and neurologists, physiatrists, bioengineers, physiotherapists, neuropsychologists from CCPP.

In addition to human capital, the BioRobotics Institute and CCPP are committed to provide their knowledge and experiences and their state-of-the-art technological equipment for conducting the research. Also a specific roadmap, with a time horizon of three years, has been set up to guide the various lines of research. This agreement also opens up the possibility of participation in scientific programs, competitions and tenders.

The first outcome of the agreement was the development and launch of a Joint Laboratory called “Motion Lab” (Movement Opportunities and Technology Innovations and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory) within Casa di Cura Privata del Policlinico.


  • Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna is a special-purpose university with the purpose of promoting higher education and post-university level, continuing education, enhancement and transfer of knowledge and technology to the external context.
  • Within Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, six research institutes are active, including the BioRobotics Institute, which explores the possibility of implementing Biomedical Engineering, Mechatronics and Robotics, machines and advanced systems in the living world. In pursuing its mission, the BioRobotics Institute has reached a considerable number of researchers and resources focused on ICT technologies for health. In particular functional motor and cognitive rehabilitation in the neurological, cardiorespiratory, orthopedic and muscle areas in subjects of all ages and disability levels.


  • Casa di Cura Privata del Policlinico (CCPP) is a health facility of intensive rehabilitation with high complexity in the neurological area, accredited and affiliated with the National Health System, both for ordinary and day hospital and for outpatient services. Also it is highly involved in scientific research, particularly in the fields of neurorehabilitation and other neurological pathologies (with a special attention to cerebrovascular, neurodegenerative and neuromuscular pathologies). CCPP is registered in the National Registry of Researches. 238/343 year 2012.

Lombardy Region searches for innovative healthcare solutions

The Research, Innovation and Technology Transfer Unit of the Lombardy Region University, Research and Open Innovation Directorate, announced on 3.08.2017 by publishing Pre-Information Notice an open market consultation aimed at validating the prerequisite for launching pre-commercial public procurement procedures for the acquisition of research and technological development services finalized to the design, design, prototyping and experimentation of new technological solutions for:

  •  Evaluation of the fragility of the coronary atherosclerotic plaque
  • Robotic exoskeleton for motor rehabilitation in neurological patients with upper limb motor deficit
  • Safe Bronco Aspiration

All economic operators and subjects operating in the research sector are invited to take part in open market consultation regardless of their geographical location, size and organizational structure.

Dr. Massimo Corbo and Ing. Peppino Tropea of the Casa di Cura Privata del Policlinico will illustrate the need for technological innovation related to the “rehabilitation and assistance of neurological patients by robotic devices”. This requirement was chosen by the Lombardy Region in response to a public invitation to present ideas about its own innovation needs addressed to all accredited ASSTs, IRCCSs and Accredited Hospitals.

12 October 2017 (from 9.30 to 12.30 and from 14.00 to 18.00)

Lombardy Palace of Lombardy Region
Piazza Città di Lombardia, 1 – Entrance N1
Valeria Solesin Room, 1 Floor
Milan – Italy

The market consultation involves the proactive analysis of technology offer available on the market andwill provide crucial inputs to the procurement plan, with the aim of achieving the following specific objectives:

  • Investigating and analyzing the currently available technologies and to obtain performance information as well as the coverage levels of the required features in order to confirm the assumption for a pre-commercial contract;
  • Assess the feasibility of technological developments within the expected duration of the contract;
  • Identifying market risks potentially hindering the achievement of expected objectives and performance;
  • Enabling opportunities for mutual exchange and mutual understanding between market players in view of the (future) establishment of any fit-for-purpose consortia.

Consultants with the market will be required to provide information on marketed or developing solutions that can meet the three needs described below.

During the open consultation with the market, information will also be provided on the objectives, key elements and the main contractual conditions of pre-commercial public procurement.

You will be able to ask questions. Consultation with the market will be conducted in Italian.

Please register by October 9, 2017 by sending an e-mail to ricercainnovazione@regione.lombardia.it,  attaching the completed registration form and the filled questionnaire, if you want to supply under a non-disclosure agreement confidential information on innovative and commercialized solution that you do not wish to reveal in public, but in written form.

Access to the venue and on-site registration will be permitted upon verification of the availability of seats.

The consultation can be followed in live streaming by the link.

Further information available on the following link.




Launch of the H2020 project vCare

The aim of this project is to improve the continuity of care, to prevent the disruption of monitoring in the home environment and to test future technologies in practice. The necessary change of behaviour and physical activity during and after rehabilitation is a long process, which is at the beginning accompanied by many caregivers in hospital or rehabilitation facilities, but this undertaking often stops by returning to the home environment.

Objective of “vCare” (Virtual Coaching Activities for Rehabilitation in Elderly) is therefore to develop a virtual coach, that assists, advises and motivates the patients according to his/her personal needs and skills on the way back to their home, providing user-friendly and personalised exercises, games and feedback-functions. The virtual coach is able to adapt to initially define physical, cognitive and social aims over time and to keep an eye on personal rehabilitation pathways.

With an international team of researchers under the leadership of experienced scientists of the TU Dresden (Germany), the EU-funded project “vCare” investigates how data from the living environment, appropriate health information and a regular interaction with the affected patients can be linked intelligently to design a personalised transition from rehabilitation into home environment.

Under these premises, Casa di Cura Privata del Policlinico will coordinate the clinical practice acting into the project, developing a pilot action focused both in neuro and cardio-rehabilitation in four different European Countries (Italy, Spain, Romania and Denmark)


  • Technische Universität Dresden, Chair of Wirtschaftsinformatik, esp. Systems Development (TUD), Germany
  • Casa di Cura Privata del Policlinico Spa (CCPP), Milan, Italy
  • Stiftung FZI, Forschungszentrum Informatik am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (FZI), Germany
  • Imaginary SRL (IMA), Milan, Italy
  • AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH (AIT), Vienna, Austria
  • TSB Real Time Location Systems SL (MYS), Valencia, Spain
  • Servicio Vasco de Salud Osakidetza (OSA), Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
  • Siveco Romania SA (SIV), Bucharest, Romania
  • Universitatea de Medicina si Farmacie “Carol DaVila” din Bucuresti (UMFCD), Bucharest, Romania
  • Aarhus Universitet (AU), Aarhus, Denmark
  • Innovation Sprint (iSPRINT), Brussels, Belgium
  • European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL), Brussels, Belgium

Further information is avalable on the following website.



Note: This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 769807