Contact info: Dr. Roberta Annicchiarico, Dr. Alessia Federici

Fondazione Santa Lucia (FSL)

Fondazione Santa Lucia is a hospital (Rome, Italy) for the neuro-motor rehabilitation of patients. Medical research has been a fundamental part of the institutional activities, in addition to the clinical practice, since the foundation. On 7th August 1992, Santa Lucia Institute was recognized as «Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico» (Scientific Institute for Research, Hospitalisation and Health Care) by the Italian Government. IRCCS Santa Lucia established itself within the national and international network of scientific institutes. In particular, research is carried out on neurolesions and their motor and cognitive consequences; the results of this work provides a large number of papers, published by Italian and international journals. As regards clinical practice, a new university department has been established, functionally linked to clinical research laboratories in the neurological and euro-rehabilitative area.

Clinical activities include: 320 places for in-patients used in the treatment of an average of 2000 patients/year; 500 outpatients/day treated in ambulatory setting or day-hospital. Santa Lucia organizes teaching activity, both on the level of theoretical teaching and practical and professional training. The areas involved include medical and psychological university schools and courses for nurses, rehabilitation therapists and speech therapists. Some schools carry out their entire activity within the institute. For many years Santa Lucia Institute has been establishing formal and informal agreements of cooperation with university departments, IRCCS and research institutes. From the end of 2004, a new site houses the pre-clinical research laboratories of Santa Lucia as well as the «European Brain Research Institute»  (EBRI) (, President Professor Rita Levi Montalcini (Medicine Nobel Prize winner for discovery of Nerve Growth Factor).

Role in I-SUPPORT:

  • FSL will be one of the 3 I-SUPPORT partners bringing expertise about user and medical/health perspectives and 1 of the pilot sites where the I-SUPPORT system will be installed and tested with end users.
  • FSL will lead WP6 and will coordinate the overall evaluation work with the contribution of BETHANIEN and FH FFM. Its work in WP6 includes: 1) formulation of specific evaluation questions linked to the I-SUPPORT implementation objectives, incorporating all stakeholders‘ (i.e. end users, formal/informal carers, doctors, technology providers, etc.) views and what they want to know. 2) formulation of the I-SUPPORT output as a whole and its individual components and inter-linking of these outputs with specific, measurable indicators that relate to the achievements of the objectives. 3) specification of the ways in which data will be collected for the evaluation and for addressing all evaluation questions. 4) specification of the timing and logistics related to each evaluation activity.
  • FSL will also be in charge of coordinating the recruitment process across the 3 pilot sites and of coordinating the conduction of the 2 evaluation rounds with all of their activities (e.g. installation and testing) of the I -SUPPORT service robotics system in the bathroom environment.
  • FSL will also contribute to all user requirements activities, the formulation of user models and use cases/functional specifications under the lead of BETHANIEN.