Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality: two virtual reality systems each including: wireless HTC Vive Pro headset, space tracking system, controllers, high capacity computer, complex virtual environments (e.g. virtual store).
One augmented reality system: hololens 2 headset, high capacity computer
Multisensory room: a set of visual, auditory and tactile stimuli (e.g. bubble tubes, fiber optics, vibrating cushions, music) installed in a room entirely dedicated to this activity. These stimuli can be seen, listened to and touched by the patient but can also be manipulated in an interactive way.
E-learning room: cognitive and multimedia intervention unit offering small group interventions. Equipment available: 37 tablets, 6 laptops, HD projector.
ERP equipment: system to measure cognitive evoked potentials and bracelets to measure skin conductance in real time.
Hours of availability and rental rates
Virtual and mixed reality equipment: Use and reservations are managed by the S. Belleville team (Marc Cuesta: firstname.lastname@example.org). Use is on a collaborative basis with cost sharing to cover the cost of management, maintenance and replacement of equipment. A user agreement is signed to ensure safety and proper use of the equipment. In the case of a collaboration, the equipment can be used at the rate of $20/hr. Technical assistance can be provided on an ad hoc basis at a rate of $60/hr.
Multisensory room: Use and reservations are managed by the clinical and SCPD team (Marie-Andrée Bruneau, email@example.com). A user agreement is signed to ensure the safety and cleanliness of the equipment and premises. The use by researchers is done on a collaborative basis with cost sharing to cover management and maintenance costs.
E-learning room: Use and reservations are managed by S. Belleville’s team (Marc Cuesta: firstname.lastname@example.org) with priority given to research projects. A user agreement is signed to ensure the security of the premises and their cleanliness. There is no cost for use.
Wristbands and computer equipment for e-learning: Use and reservations are managed by S. Belleville’s team (Marc Cuesta: email@example.com). Use is on a collaborative basis with cost sharing to cover management, maintenance and replacement costs. A user agreement is signed to ensure the safety of the equipment. In the case of collaboration, computer equipment can be used at the rate of $15/hr. Wristbands can be used at a rate of $15/subject/week. Technical assistance can be provided at a rate of $60/hr.
Research and physical and cognitive training platform adapted to the needs of seniors.
A) Training platform:
722 sq. ft. physical training room equipped with:
6 treadmills (2 with harnesses for participants at risk for falls).
2 elliptical trainers.
8 stationary bicycles (4 of which provide constant power despite a change in speed).
9 weight machines (including 2 pulley systems that allow for a variety of potential movements).
A stretching area and an inventory of free weights, elastic bands and training balls.
B) Evaluation platform equipped with:
A MOXUS and two K4b2, which directly measure oxygen consumption during exercise or at rest
A near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) system to measure cortical activation during exercise or at rest, two-photon x-ray absorptiometry (iDXA) to evaluate body composition and densitometry of individuals
GaitMat II for gait assessment
Bertec force platform for stability assessment.
The laboratory also includes a medical room adapted for evaluations with geriatricians and for blood tests, a centrifuge and a freezer -80ºC, as well as a neuropsychological evaluation room and a computer park for computer evaluations.
Hours of availability
To be determined with the lab coordinator, Francis Comte firstname.lastname@example.org
The Functional Neuroimaging Unit offers researchers access to a Siemens Magnetom TRIO 3 Tesla MRI scanner, equipped with TIM (Total imaging matrix) technology. This machine is entirely dedicated to research and is used for projects in functional imaging, anatomical imaging, diffusion imaging and spectroscopy.
Visual and auditory stimuli presentation systems as well as MRI compatible response interfaces are also available for functional neuroimaging studies.
Rooms and associated equipment :
MRI Simulation Room (Psychology Software Tools): includes a replica of the magnetic resonance machine.
Imaging data processing room: computer park (2 fixed workstations) intended for medical imaging data processing, including about twenty calculation nodes and a set of servers allowing each user to use a common and personal workspace.
Software : MATLAB, SPM, FSL, AFNI, FMRISTAT
Homer Physiological sign monitors: MP150 data acquisition system (BIOPAC), Omni-Trak MRI physiological sign monitor (InVivo Research).
Hours of availability :
Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 5:00pm.
Evenings and weekends upon request. Contact the person in charge.
Gymnasium: contains floor mats, chairs and balance bars (for group exercises, yoga, pilates, taichi, balance training).
Urogynecological evaluation room: contains a gynecological evaluation table, an ultrasound machine for the study of morphology and vascularization with 2D, 3D and 4D endo-cavity and surface probes, a pelvic floor dynamometer for the study of the strength of the pelvic floor muscles, a table and chairs for interviews, a stool and computer.
Individual treatment room: contains a gynecological assessment table, biofeedback and electrostimulation machine with vaginal probes and self-adhesive electrodes (for pelvic floor muscle strengthening exercises), table and chairs for interviews, stool and computer.
Individual treatment room: contains a gynecological evaluation table, table and chairs for interviews, computer and virtual reality machine, ultrasound machine for studying morphology and vascularization with 2D, 3D and 4D endo-cavity and surface probes.
2nd gym: contains 8 dance-exercise systems with virtual reality.
Hours of availability
Space is available outside of the assessment and treatment hours of the Continence and Aging Lab research projects. To be discussed with the senior manager (email@example.com).
Depending on the equipment and premises used as well as the expertise required to operate the equipment.
Contact: Chantale Dumoulin
Different modalities of painful stimuli can be tested (ex. Quantitative sensory test):
1- Thermal: MEDOC system: Stimulators to test hot/cold sensitivity and thermal pain (30 mm2 thermode applied to the skin; evaluation of tactile detection thresholds, pain, tolerance, motor reflexes).
2- Mechanical: algometer applied to the phalanges.
3- Electrical: An electrical stimulation (Grass stimulator connected to the Digitimer) allows to stimulate a nerve of the ankle to cause the recruitment of the muscular activity (ex. spinal withdrawal reflex).
The Biopac system allows the recording of physiological measurements related to painful stimuli: EMG (related to the spinal nociception reflex), cardiovascular activity (ECG, plethysmograph), respiratory activity, skin conductance, skin blood flow (Doppler).
All these equipments are compatible with MRI.
True apartment (with functional appliances and sanitary facilities) whose surface is equivalent to a 3 ½ room apartment.
This intelligent apartment includes the best technologies to adapt them to seniors to promote their autonomy at home.
The apartment includes sensors that detect movement in each room, a security system installed on the oven, a meal preparation assistant, a flood detector, a voice assistant, a light path, smart pillboxes and many other devices.
Hours of availability and rental rates: By reservation via a shared electronic calendar.
Contact the managers: use and reservations are managed by the lab managers, Marc Cuesta, firstname.lastname@example.org for Sylvie Belleville, and Maxime Lussier, email@example.com, for Nathalie Bier.