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ADACEN Neurolab is an experimental environment that seeks to encourage users, designers, researchers and companies to co-create innovations, test and implement developments and products focused on neurological rehabilitation and the promotion of autonomy.

For its implementation and subsequent development, ADACEN Neurolab has its own methodology and personnel specialised in neurological rehabilitation and care for the elderly and disabled, trained in the person-centred innovation process. Its objective: the creation of new services, products and infrastructures adapted to the needs posed by the challenge of ageing.

Partners. It is a project led by Adacen (specialising in the care of people with brain damage and the design of outpatient resources for the elderly) together with the Public University of Navarra, Aspace Navarra and the Social Innovation Unit ofthe Government of Navarra.

The research activity is promoted through a space where needs are experienced, anticipated and simulations are carried outof the daily activities faced by people in a situation of dependency and/or chronicity, their families and professionals. In this unit, specialized professionals pilot, test and evaluate technologies and services together with the users from the definition of the concept, through prototyping to the market entry phase.

Adacen has a space fitted out for this research activity, with a surface area of 350 m2 distributed between its facilities in Mutilva and Azpilagaña with several rehabilitation rooms, technological equipment and training, equipped with robotic rehabilitation technology, augmented reality, gaming, virtual reality systems forbalance retraining. . . all of this with easy-to-use computers.


With this Living Lab, Adacen provides areal-life test environment with the aim of contributing to research and innovation on ageing, chronicity and disability, capturing, developing and disseminating the know ledge obtained in these fields through open and collaborative research processes.

Adacen Living Lab promotes the establishment of open relations between companies and the academic world; between research and the real and daily life of citizens, promoting “open research”, co-creation and collective reflection.

It is a project financed by the Governmentof Navarre, the European Social Fund andthe Innova Social Call of Fundación CajaNavarra and Fundación La Caixa. Fondo social europeo Gobierno de Navarra Logo Fundación Caja Navarra In the development of technologies, thefollowing collaborate
  • Universidad Pública de Navarra
  • Tecnalia
  • Zabala Innovation Consulting
  • Aspace Navarra
  • Gogoa Mobility Robots
  • Federación Española de Daño Cerebral
  • Eodyne Systems
  • Inpactos Espacio Colaborativo
  • Movalsys -Evaluación del movimiento
  • Unidad de Innovación Social de Navarra
  • Univesidad de Valladolid
  • Universidad del País Vasco - Escuela de Ingenieros
  • Neuropersonal Trainer - Instituto Guttman
  • Vitia

Arm Assist.

This development by Tecnalia is a new assistance robot for the neuromuscular rehabilitation of patients who have suffered a stroke.

Through ‘Arm Assist’, it is intended that the patient can improve the mobility of his arm, through a mobile robotic device and a software platform with video games for tele-rehabilitation, which allows a physical activity, progressive, repetitive and motivating for the practice of virtual functional tasks. In addition, it makes it easier for healthcare professionals to remotely monitor patient compliance and the degree of progress achieved.

Adacen has integrated this Technology within the programmes developed in the area of occupational therapy, accompanying Tecnalia in its developmentand implementation in daily clinical practice.


Fesia Walk. Functional electricalstimulation.

This project develops medical devices for the neurorehabilitation of people who have suffered injuries and neuromuscular diseases (stroke, spinal cord damage, cerebral palsy or multiple sclerosis).

Adacen is testing within this project agait training device for people who suffer from foot drop/equine as a resultof a disease or injury of the central nervous system. During gait, the FesiaWalk electrically stimulates the motor nerves of the affected leg to achieve dorsal flexion and plantar flexion of the foot, thus improving the user’s gait. Functional electrical stimulation may also enhance motor relearning, strengthen muscles, prevent or delay muscle atrophy, increase local bloodflow, and/or maintain/increase range of motion.

Adacen has conducted trials with users toassess their usability and implement improvements from the user’s perspective with their active participation inergonomics, adaptability, facilitation of clinical management, and safety.


Definition of a model of high quality outpatient care for the elderly.

Adacen is developing in the Pamplona neighbourhood of Azpilagaña a model of ambulatory care for elderly people with neurological affection based on our points:

Flexibility and adaptation to the person’s needs in order to make their stay at home as pleasant as possible

Proximity resource with a high coordination with community resources (health centre, social services, associative. . . ) promoting the involvement of the neighbourhood through participative processes and intergenerational coexistence.

High quality professional service with an interdisciplinary team model in which 68% of the service hours are performed by university graduates (physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speechtherapists, neuropsychologists, nurses and social workers).

Incorporation of new technologies in daily clinical practice.

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Incorporation of interactive tables for cognitive stimulation of people with brain damage.

In 2018, we incorporated a new tool for cognitive, sensory and motor rehabilitation: the interactive tables. These are devices that extend the benefits of tablets by adding multitouch and multi-user components, along with accessibility enhancements and the creation of collaborative environments. The interactive table allows working on cognitive aspects such as attention, reality orientation therapy, memory or language.


Personalized telerehabilitation.

Adacen is one of the first centers (early adapters) to incorporate this system for testing and implementation of improvements. A cognitive telerehabilitation system developed by the Guttmann Institute Foundation that is currently in the pilot phase. It consist sof a computer platform, a set of clinical programs and a patent called “Methodand system to safely guide interventions whose substrate is neuronal plasticity”. It offers distance and personalized treatments to patients with different neurological affectations.


Hand Tutor Rehabilitation System.

This system seeks the motor and functional rehabilitation of the hand. The system will consist of a portable ergonomic glove and specialized physical therapy rehabilitation software. The aim is to allow for monitoring and evaluation. It has different speeds, and analysis of movement of the fingers and wrist, both in passive and active mode. Data that are reflected according to the movement and allow an objective evaluation and treatment during the follow-up.


Walking evaluation systems and rehabilitation support with inertial sensors.

This R+D+I project is being carried out jointly with the Public University of Navarra and the company Movalsys. The objectives are: to provide professionals with objective data for monitoring different neuromuscular diseases, to help clinical staff by shortening decision-making time, and to optimise rehabilitation processes by providing objective and reliable evaluations of patients’ evolutionary history. The aim is to define and standardize the parameters related to the rehabilitation of a patient who has suffered some type of brain or neurological damage. This utility, not yet developed, will be defined based on the use of this technology in Adacen, establishing the evaluation criteria based on the analysis of gait in patients with brain damage who come to our centres in Mutilva and Azpilagaña(Pamplona).

devices to improve mobility

Design of a fiber optic glove for rehabilitation and evaluation of recovery of fine sensitivity in upper extremities

This  I+D+I project, developed togetherwith the Public University of Navarra, seeks to design the first glove equipped with Bragg diffraction nets (FBGs) to monitor hand and finger movements. The combination of these new devices, together with the developed software, will mean a significant advance with respect to other systems that currently exist in the market. It is developed with a clear focus on social innovation by involving users in the definition of the concept and the phases of design, prototype. . . And look for an economic exploitation model for the end user. These low-cost solutions, together with the development of profesional application protocols, will allow health professionals to gain access to theadvantages of objective biomechanical assessment of their patients in the future. Thus, they will be able to make a better diagnosis, a better follow-up, both in a cute and chronic phases, and check if the recovery is optimal, thus reducing health costs in the care and rehabilitation of these people.


Incorporation of eksoesqueletos inneurological functional rehabilitation.

Project developed jointly with the Higher Center for Scientific Research and the Company Gogoa within the frame work of the European programme Iniciativa Pyme. Adacen assumes the testing and redesign of the Hank exoskeleton to allow its use in the gait rehabilitation of people with brain damage.


Intelligent Wheel Chair.

This project, which began in 2018, seeks to design a preventive safety device to prevent falls and collisions of people moving in electric wheelchairs. The aim of sensory integration is to detect obstacles and risks of falls at different levels, to help in reverse gear or to move in narrow spaces.



This initiative based on artificial intelligence integrated into the smartphone without the need for installation. Allows the user to interact through a simple menu interface. ElderBot has user information that allows it to offer practical help for day-to-day aspects, in addition to being able to attend to medical aspects (monitoring illnesses, taking medication, mobility), recreational aspects (attention games, socialgames), practical aspects (instructions to return home in the event of having been lost) and interaction with its support network.


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