REPAIRS is a European Training Network (ETN) within the H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovation Training Network programme, funded by the European Union. As of 1st September 2021 the network will employ 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) for high quality PhD training. These PhDs will be employed in a network covering a broad range of disciplines, ranging from human movement science, rehabilitation, engineering, neural (mathematical) modelling to philosophy. This network provides innovative training-through-research preparing the PhD students to become the next generation of creative, innovative and leading academic and entrepreneurial researchers.
The objective of REPAIRS is to improve rehabilitation training by combining insights from fundamental research on how individuals re-learn perception and action with cutting-edge rehabilitation practice. In the different projects, experimental and modelling studies will be performed at the behavioral and at the neural level applying technological innovations and using novel data analysis techniques. Observational studies will also be performed. The training takes place through supervision of experts in the field, close interactions with other PhD students in the project, collaborative training projects, local and network wide journal clubs, network wide training events and secondments in academic, clinical and industry settings. The training focusses on research and academic skills but also on transferrable skills, teamwork skills, leadership and entrepreneurial skills (see below for more details). The goal of the training is to provide PhDs with the skills that enable them to push the field of re-learning perception and action and the field of rehabilitation to the next level.
The partners hosting PhD students are: University Medical Center Groningen (Netherlands), Aix-Marseille University (France), RUHR Universität Bochum (Germany), University of Antwerp (Belgium), COREHAB (Italy), MEDIAN Unternehmensgruppe B.V. & Co. KG (Germany), Faculty of Human Kinetics (Portugal) and Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain).
REPAIRS aims to improve the effectiveness of rehabilitation that is concerned with the restoration and enhancement of functional ability and quality of life of people with a disorder. To this end, REPAIRS first reveals novel insight on re-learning perception and action (in people without a disorder). Next, this knowledge is translated into novel clinical practices that will be tested in people with different disorders. Technology, conceptual analyses, data analyses using cutting-edge techniques, and philosophical analyses will be exploited in novel ways to take these two steps.
REPAIRS takes a systems perspective on rehabilitation, from which perception and action in everyday behavior is considered to emerge from mutual, nonlinear interactions among components. The PhD projects exploit knowledge from Dynamic Systems Theory and Ecological Psychology to understand the interactions and relations among components that make up the perception-action cycle. Insights from these approaches are used to innovate rehabilitation science. To fully exploit this systems approach, REPAIRS studies interaction between four levels of the perception-action cycle: brain, muscles & joints, agent-environment and social. This knowledge is integrated with requirements on translation from clinical, technology and philosophical domains, to meet the objectives of REPAIRS. The domains involved in REPAIRS cover a wide range implying that the skillsets required for the PhD projects also vary widely. Therefore, carefully check the individual PhD projects below as well as the list of Masters degrees from which we invite potential candidates to apply. The different projects use experiments measuring at each of the four levels in REPAIRS. Mathematical models will be developed at the neural level and at the level of the agent-environment. In different projects the focus will be on the following disorders: adults suffering from a stroke, people with a Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury or a knee endoprosthesis, children and adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), adults with schizophrenia, and children diagnosed with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD).