29 November

Rovereto

Observation, Diagnosis and Education Laboratory - ODFLab
Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science

Head: Paola Venuti
Visit duration: 45 minutes
Tour starting time: 14.00 – 14.50 – 15.40 – 16.30 – 17.20
Maximum number of participants: 8
Visitors will learn about the work of the ODFLab, which is a national reference point for research and clinical work on the diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD). As concerns Autism spectrum disorder, the laboratory carries out research work, develops rehabilitation programs and provides support in ASD diagnosis. In particular, researchers are using a video feedback technique to develop an effective and useful intensive early treatment, whose purpose is to better understand children behavior with help from all those who have contacts with them (in the family and at school). As concerns specific learning disabilities, the laboratory was able, working with other research groups of the University of Trento, to develop videogames and other innovative tools to improve the patients’ learning skills.
The laboratory is in via Matteo del Ben 5b, Rovereto (TN).

Baby Lab - Affiliative Behavior and Physiology Laboratories - Clinical and Affective Neurosciences Lab
Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science

Heads: Luca Surian; Gianluca Esposito; Alessandro Grecucci; Francesco Vespignani
Visit duration: 60 minutes
Tour starting time: 14.00 – 15.00 – 16.00 – 17.00
Maximum number of participants: 10
This tour will take visitors through the research work of four laboratories situated at Palazzo Fedrigotti in Rovereto. At the Baby Lab, visitors will take a look at a series of experimental settings used for research activities with very young participants whose purpose is to help researchers understand the development of social cognition (that is the study of processes through which people acquire information about the environment and interpret it to organize their behavior). Visitors will see how data are collected and processed, including through the eye-tracker, an instrument that analyzes eye movements. The tour will continue to the Affiliative Behavior and Physiology Laboratories and the Clinical and Affective Neurosciences Lab, whose work will be presented jointly. The Affiliative Behavior and Physiology Laboratories investigate the creation of relationships between parents and children and how these affect the social development of individuals. Using advanced experimental techniques, researchers measure and assess visible behavior and physiological responses of the body and, in particular, of the brain, and identify possible anomalies (which often point to difficulties in neural development, like autism spectrum disorders). At the Clinical and Affective Neurosciences Lab, researchers explore how people perceive, adapt and express their emotions in different settings, to identify any anomalies occurring in these processes. These anomalies play a key role in a number of psychopathological conditions and understanding them might help identify new therapies. At the end of the presentations, researchers will display some portable instruments for the acquisition of physiological and neurological data, which are used also by other research groups in the area of language, attention and social interaction.
The laboratories are at Palazzo Fedrigotti, corso Bettini 31 – Rovereto (TN).

CeRiN – Center for Neurocognitive Rehabilitation

Head: Costanza Papagno
Visit duration: 30 minutes
Tour starting time: 15.30 – 16.00 – 16.30 – 17.00 – 17.30 – 18.00
Maximum number of participants: 10
The Center for Neurocognitive Rehabilitation (CeRiN) has been working for years on the diagnosis and rehabilitation of patients with language and cognitive disorders caused by brain injuries. CeRiN treats a number of conditions caused by neurological disorders due to vascular damage, degeneration (e.g. dementia), trauma (e.g. concussions, head injuries), encephalitis, brain tumors. The purpose of diagnostic is to identify any language and cognitive impairments through specific tests, and to assess to what extent they compromise the patients’ communication skills and their ability to perform everyday tasks. The goal of the assessment is to find the most suitable treatment for a given patient, which will be administered by trained staff.
The Center is at the Trade Center Building, in via Matteo del Ben 5b, Rovereto (TN).

Mattarello

Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory
CIMeC

Head: Jorge Jovicich
Visit duration: 90 minutes
Tour starting time: 14.00 – 15.30 – 17.00
Maximum number of participants: 10
The human brain is one of the most complex structures in the universe. Understanding how it functions is a huge challenge for today’s scientists. Researchers will guide visitors through the neuroimaging lab and give a demonstration of the techniques used at CIMEC to investigate the cognitive functions performed by the brain. Visitors will see the instruments used by researchers and learn about the fundamental principles, advantages, limitations and applications of each technique.
The laboratory is in Via delle Regole 101, Mattarello (TN).

Integrated Technologies for Health Laboratory (IT4H) and Tissue Engineering and Bioinspired Materials Laboratory
BIOtech Centre

Heads: Giandomenico Nollo; Antonella Motta
Visit duration: 30 minutes
Tour starting time: 14.30 – 15.00 – 15.30 – 16.00 – 16.30 – 17.00 – 17.30 – 18.00 – 18.30
Maximum number of participants: 15
Integrated Technologies for Health (IT4H) Implantable devices based on advanced technologies are increasingly used in the diagnosis and treatment of various conditions. These devices interact with human tissues and this can cause side effects that compromise the good functioning of the device. The study of device-tissue interactions enables scientists to identify the causes of malfunctioning and find new technological solutions. Researchers will present a few examples of devices used in different  branches of medicine and surgery, including prostheses, dental implants, stents, and more.

Tissue Engineering and Bioinspired Materials Today, thanks to new technologies, we can generate human tissue and, in part, even organs, from cells developed in the lab and appropriate scaffoldings. Visitors will take a look at these new technologies and learn about the principles that govern them. The researchers will give an overview of the opportunities offered by materials of natural origin, like silk made from silkworms, spider webs, and materials generated from marine organisms.
The laboratories are in via delle Regole 101, Mattarello (TN).