Brussels 27-28/04/2018 HBiM CONGRESS : BRAIN and BODY


The brain and the body are still too often approached in a dualistic way in movement therapies. Yet, understanding the intimacy of this brain-body relationship and the complex interactions that result from it means putting the patient at the centre of the treatment and accepting him or her as a whole. It means accepting treating not only an organ, a limb or a function separately but adopting a much more holistic view. Progress made in basic and clinical research has highlighted these close relationships.

This congress will present this work in various fields such as pain, stress, daily physical activity or even balance. We will also highlight the practical and clinical implications for patients that this research may have on the body-brain relationship with, among other things, mental imagery, virtual reality or robotics for rehabilitation.

We believe that this brain-body relationship is the point of interface between different disciplines such as medicine, physiotherapy, neuropsychology, psychology, engineering, sociology and philosophy, and requires a multidisciplinary approach so that the patient benefits as much as possible from these advances. It is also paramount for us to incorporate the latter into this evolution of treatments.

To convince you, we invite you to attend the HBiM conference HBiM Congress ‘Brain and Body, it’s time to work together’.


Hour Author Subject Origin
Laurence Mangin How the brain controls the respiratory muscles France
Katina McCulloch
Researchgate profile
Pacing and self-regulation in elite athletes with intellectual impairment: how exercise intensity regulation is linked to cognitive ability Belgium – UK
Benjamin Pageaux
Researchgate profile
Psychophysiology of perception of effort France
Vincenza Montedoro
Robotics and serious games for diagnosis and treatment of cognitive deficits following brain damage
Véronique Billat
Researchgate profile
Perception training for a better quality of life and performance France
Giorgia Cona
Researchgate profile
The role of cognitive functions in ultra-marathon running Italy
Cédric Lenoir
Researchgate profile
Probing the representation of pain in the human brain
Bart Roelands
Researchgate profile
Can mental fatigue alter physical capacity? Belgium
Vasileios Andrianopoulos
Researchgate profile
The effect of exercise on cognitive function in older adults with cognitive impairment Germany
Anais Bernard Le corps en immersion France
Nathanael Jarrassé
Researchgate profile
The mind-body problem in technology France
Simon Ladouce
Researchgate profile
Recording brain and body dynamics during natural behaviours in the real-world
Stéphanie Dehem
Researchgate profile
Upper limb rehabilitation using a robotic device and serious games in brain damaged patients
Stephane Grade
Researchgate profile
Contribution of dynamic body representations in space perception; the embodied mechanisms of spatial cognition Belgium
Stephane P. Swinnen
Researchgate profile
Learning capability in older as compared to young adults Belgium
Martin Edwards
Researchgate profile
To the use of robotics and serious games for diagnosis and treatment of cognitive and motor problems following brain damage Belgium – UK
Yves Vandermeeren
Researchgate profile
Extern neuro-stimulation Belgium
Geert Verheyden
Researchgate profile
Will virtual reality for the upper limb after stroke remain virtual reality? Lessons from the VIRTUES tria Belgium
Daniel Eaves
Researchgate profile
Motor imagery during action observation – a new approach to applied motor skills training UK
Andreas von Leupoldt
Researchgate profile
The neural processing of breathlessness Belgium
Emélie Lacroix
Researchgate profile
Visuo-spatial Belgium
Dominique Mouraux
Researchgate profile
ARTURO Belgium
Alexia Watelet
Researchgate profile
Projet ROGER Belgium
Philippe Wallon
Autonomous digital pen and alteration of gesture; an automated clinical approach France
Ben Vaessen
METRISQUARE Netherlands-Belgium

Special workshop / Saturday afternoon

Train M
Nilofar Niazi
Jo Van Vaerenbergh
Abstract: This workshop develops a novel concept of performance-based progressive robot therapy, leaving behind the basic assistance and resistance robot modes. It will build with the participants simple rule based rehabilitation models for the following disease conditions: Acquired Brain Injury in adult and children, and Parkinson Disease. It will offer a first series of guidelines for technology enhanced rehabilitation. (30 euros)


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