Our Projects

The Volterra Ricerche Onlus Foundation aims to continue, with new impetus and giving greater development, all those research activities applied to clinical practice that since 2008 have been carried out at Auxilium Vitae and conducted in the following sectors:
Cardiological, Respiratory, Rehabilitation Operative Structures, Neurological and of the Serious Acquired Cerebrovascular.

In particular numerous observational and interventional clinical studies conducted in the cardiorespiratory and neurological area of Auxilium Vitae, have as their object the analysis of the various aspects of rehabilitation outcome, the exercise’s physiology and the evaluation of techniques or devices, or particular treatment schemes. Some studies are conducted in the context of multi-centric trials, sometimes supported by an unconditional contribution of companies producing electro-medical devices.

These studies represent a current research activity, to which the various professional figures of Auxilium Vitae contribute. These research activities produce presentations at conferences and scientific publications, in addition to scientific exchanges and collaborations with important Italian and international rehabilitation centers.

Many clinical studies in pathophysiology are carried out in the cognitive-psychological field, with excellent results in particular in the evaluation of the patient with eminegligence and aphasia and in the rehabilitation of the comatose patient following a head injury.

Research in the field of bioengineering and rehabilitation applications is mainly conducted in collaboration with Auxilium Vitae and the Biorobotics Institute of the Sant’Anna High School, which since 2011 have established the joint Laboratory of Rehabilitation Bioengineering.

As part of these studies we use robotic devices for the rehabilitation of the upper limb and wrist (InMotion2, InMotion 3, MOTORE), and other devices for neuro rehabilitation. This activity was accompanied by the study of human-machine interaction during mechanical ventilation, and the development of remote monitoring and tele-rehabilitation models.

The Scientific Technical Committee, which took office after the foundation was established, has also identified three important macro-projects on which the intent and resources of the Foundation will be focused:

The topic is particularly relevant for mountain or hilly geographical areas characterized by extended territories with difficult road systems and low population density. This is research aimed at facilitating and supporting families in the home management of complex patients through technological, information and training supports bringing the service of the doctor to the patient’s home, without the need to leave his his study and without the patient being forced to move. This will also mean, for the Public Health Service, a rebalancing of costs of direct assistance and recovery of resources that can be allocated to other health services.

Clinical-scientific evaluation of perfomances addressed not only to the professional athlete but also to those who practice physical activity at an amateur level or with the intent of adhering to programs aimed at achieving a physically correct lifestyle. Particular attention will be given to respiratory evaluation, the real limit of maximal physical performance.

These activities also include the project -Use of binaural beats as non-pharmacological therapy of post-operative pain in the elderly patient- conducted in collaboration with Auxilium Vitae Volterra and the Operative Unit of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care of the Santa Maria Maddalena Hospital in Volterra.