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Launch of the DOC-BOX project, which aims to develop new tools for post-com patients suffering from consciousness disorders


DOC-BOX - Development of a multimodal toolbox to ensure a fast and reliable diagnosis of consciousness disorders - coordinated by the University of Liège is a project supported by the European Commission via MSCA Staff exchange funding, which aims to set up tools for patients with consciousness disorders, paving the way for significant advances in the field. The project, which brings together sixteen European institutions, has just been launched for four years.


ost-coma patients suffering from disorders of consciousness present both clinical and scientific challenges, primarily due to the difficulty in establishing a precise diagnosis, further heightening their vulnerability. In this context, the DOC-BOX initiative, funded by the MSCA Staff Exchange of the European Commission, aims to support both researchers and healthcare professionals to achieve this project aiming at developing an innovative 'toolbox' integrating fast and easy-to-use behavioral and neurophysiological assessments. This will enable a more comprehensive examination and better management of these patients within the constraints of, sometimes rigid, clinical timeframes. Beyond these specific objectives, the project seeks to foster collaboration between researchers and clinicians to enhance the diagnosis and prognosis of patients with disorders of consciousness, paving the way for significant advancements in the field.

The Coma Science Group (GIGA), and consequently the University of Liège, play a central role as coordinators of this project. In addition of being responsible for the initial project proposal, the team is tasked with coordinating and overseeing the implementation of the project over the four-year duration, including administrative, financial, and logistical management, as well as communication, among other responsibilities.

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About the DOC-BOX project funding

The MSCA (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action) Staff Exchange Grant funds international and cross-sectoral exchanges between staff involved in collaborative research and innovation activities within a consortium of academic and non-academic organizations, based in Europe and beyond.

  • Official launch of the project: 1 January 2024 (for a duration of 4 years)
  • Kick-off meeting: 22-23 February 2024, at the University of Liège
  • Total value of the Grant: €1,099,400

Project partners

  • University of Liège (BE) - Coordinator
  • Centre Hospialier Universitaire de Rennes (FR)
  • Irena Neuro-RHB Sociedad Limitada (ES)
  • Uniwersytet Jagiellonski (PL)
  • Tec Medical Engineering GMBH (AT)
  • Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico Carlo Besta / FINCB
  • Gemeinnuetzige Gesellschaft zur Neurologischen - Burgau (DE)
  • Fondazione don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus (IT)
  • University of Birmingham (UK)
  • Stichting Medisch Spectrum Twente (NL)
  • Centre Rééducation Fonctionnelle Fontfroide (FR)
  • Brain and Spinal Cord Institute (FR)
  • Kliniken Schmieder (DE )
  • Fundacion universidad Loyola Andalucia (ES)
  • Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (ES)
  • Stichting Radboud Universitair Medisch Centrum (NL)

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