Neuroprosthetics research project

The “Cognitive Surgical” clinical research project will bring neurosurgery, cognitive neurosciences and neurotechnology together for the first time.

This project will aim at stimulating research in basic neurosciences and neurorehabilitation, at establishing an approach to cognitive neurosurgery and at studying self-awareness after a surgical intervention on brain tissue.

This innovative project will be based on innovative technologies such as virtual reality.


This research project was made possible thanks to the Pictet Fondation de bienfaisance du groupe Pictet

Orthopaedic video project: Modified Posteromedial Approach to the Ankle – How to Approach Challenging Malleolus Fractures


A comprehensive video produced by Dr Dimitrios Stafylakis, Dr Axel Gamulin and Dr Matthieu Zingg demonstrating the challenging trimolleolar fractures of the ankle. This educational contect is published on VuMedi platform.

Link to the video

The SFITS provided infrastructure, team, equipment and anatomical specimens for this project’s completion.


Neurosurgery: Respond of the different human cranial bones to pin-type head fixation device

An experimental study was conducted between October 2018 and December 2019 to analyze the puncture hole due to the fixation of each single pin of the pin-type head holder.

The analysis signed by Alissa Visentin, Kristina van Dooren, Jan Mertens, Olivier Brina and Karl Schaller has been published in the Acta Neurochirurgica.

Here’s the article !

The SFITS provided infrastructure, team, equipment and anatomical specimens for this project’s completion.


The Intraseptal Course of the Superficial Peroneal Nerve: An Anatomic Study

Illustrated by Jessica Sarceno

Dr Valisena, Pr Hannouche and Dr Axel Gamulin conducted an anatomic study that aimed at describing the Superficial Peroneal Nerve (SPN) transition site and evaluating the occurrence of a peroneal tunnel and an intraseptal SPN variant.

15 lower limbs were used in the SFITS wetlabs, to study the SPN course and its branching, focusing on the transition site to the suprafascial layer.

The knowledge of the anatomy of the SPN course and intraseptal variant is relevant to avoid iatrogenic lesions during operative dissection


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EEG Spatiotemporal Patterns Underlying Self-other Voice Discrimination

Prof. Karl Schaller, Giannina Rita Iannotti, Pavo Orepic and many more studied the Spatiotemporal Patterns Underlying Self-other Voice Discrimination. During their research, they combined psychophysics, voice-morphing technology, and high-density EEG to identify the pattern.

With 26 healthy participants, both with air-and bone-conducted stimuli, they found a self-voice-specific EEG topographic map occurring around 345 ms post-stimulus and activating a network involving insula, cingulate cortex, and medial temporal lobe structures. Specifically, the better participants performed at SOVD task, the less frequently they activated this network.


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