The G. d’Annunzio University (UdA) at Chieti participates in this project through the synergic co-operation of three research centers: the Department of Clinical Sciences and Bioimaging (DCSB; Faculty of Medicine and Surgery), the Institute for Advanced Biomedical Technologies (ITAB; G. d’Annunzio Foundation Chieti) and the Baby Lab of the School of Psychology (BL). DCSB and ITAB have gained an international reputation for research in neuroscience, with a large experience on multi-modal imaging, Cognitive Neuroscience (Sensory and Motor Systems, Attention, Action, Space, Perception), Clinical Neuroscience (Neural Plasticity, Stroke, Pre-Surgical Mapping, Dementia), Modeling, Data Analysis and Signal Processing, Design and implementation of novel imaging systems, and developmental psychology. The organization of the DCSB comprises approximately thirty faculty members, six technical-administrative staff members, sixty PhD students and ten Post-Doc researchers. DCSB and ITAB share an extensive activity of international co-operation, among others, with the Universities of Helsinki, Aalborg, Utrecht, Oregon, Saint Louis, Aston, Barcelona, Leipzig, Chile, Leuven, Tübingen, Montreal, Houston, Heidelberg. BL has a strong expertise in developmental research with infants and children. BL is collaborating with developmental research labs at the Universities of Munich, Montreal and Pittsburg. Within the TESIS Project DCSB, ITAB and BL work closely together with the Parma Node.
DCSB brings together investigators with advanced competencies in biomedical physics and with clinical and technical backgrounds. In particular, DCSB employs physicists, electronic and biomedical engineers, radiologists, neuro-radiologists, psychologists, neuro-psychologists, cardiologists, and cardio-surgeons. The research activities take place at the ITAB, which is an interdisciplinary center for research purposes of basic and clinical non-invasive functional imaging. ITAB disposes of state-of-the-art machinery on the vanguard of its field; among which: functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI; with two diverse devices, 1.5 and 3 T); magnetoencephalography (MEG; 165 channels system for, in helmet form); magnetocardiography (MCG); transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS: single and double pulse); electroencephalography (EEG; 32 and 64 channels, compatible with fMRI); infrared thermal functional imaging (fIRI) with two various devices, operating in the range 3-5 and 8-9 micrometers.
BL is equipped with technologies that are specially aimed to record and analyze behavioral data. Children are observed behind a one-way mirror and their behaviors are recorded through two remote controlled cameras (Canon Vc-C50iR). A mobile camera can be also added, if needed. Video-signals are sent to two video-recorders (BR-JVC) and the resulting movies are subsequently mixed by a Pinnacle system (Liquid 6) to have a two- or three-split image. The movies are processed in the video reading lab by software (Interact Plus, Mangold) that allows to code behaviors in synchrony with the ongoing movies, to automatically select the coded frames, to produce video from selected frames and to integrate observational data with external data, such as physiological information.