Neurodesign Lab has a strong translational approach on neuroscience. We are studying the C-tactile afferent neural fibers (CTs) with an aim to find new ways of modulating the nervous system and to treat its dysfunctions. CTs are part of the somatosensory system in which they encode the signal of affective touch. The knowledge about the importance of CTs is growing constantly. The global pandemic has highlighted our need for social touch, and we know, based on both research and real-world examples, that touch is essential for normal development of humans and even invertebrates. Our aim is to develop new methods for optimal activation of this neural system and to investigate its therapeutic possibilities with our current focus on addiction treatment.
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Open positions in the lab
If you are interested in participating in a project with the potential to change the status quo of AUD treatment, the most undertreated mental disorder in the world, we would be excited to discuss. We can offer bachelor's thesis and Aalto LST special assignment topics, and you can also send open application to Pauli Tuovinen (Technology), Juliana Harkki (Clinical Investigations), or Jukka Planman (Design and Commercialization).
A skin-stroking device could help curb alcohol cravings
Aalto University researchers are developing a device that helps support sobriety in conjunction with other treatments, such as psychosocial treatments and pharmaceuticals.