Handicap Activity Cognition Health – HACH

The main research purpose of HACH team is to promote inclusive society for the elderly and people with disability related to neurological impairments.
Our research involves, on the one hand, fundamental work aimed at the study of daily functioning, the development of new disability-related measurements and, on the other hand, the design of new intervention programs.


Two main questions or objectives motivate research:

  1. to better understand the relationships between the components of disability (impairments, activity limitations, and restrictions of social participation) and to better measure/evaluate each of the three components, and
  2. to better intervene to reduce the situation(s) of disability.

The originality of HACS is to leverage technical and digital advances. There is an expanding interest for digital technologies (i.e., IoT, serious games, BCI, machine-learning, virtual reality, etc.) in the field of health sciences due to their multiple assets such as their pervasive property, their easy use in everyday life setting or progress opportunities that they can provide. Hence, digital technologies are at the heart of the team’s activity as new devices for investigation, evaluation, and rehabilitation or compensation purposes. For this reason, our intervention approaches are non-drug or environmental thanks to innovative and interactive technologies integrated into programs for the supporting functional skills, individual’s autonomy as well as social participation (school life, work life, family, etc.).

Also, a particular interest is given to motivational mechanisms, and more specifically to the individual’s intrinsic motivation (i.e., self-determination theory) as a “key reinforcer” for adherence to technology-based interventions or adoption of new compensatory technology.


Motor systems, locomotion, action and posture

  • Assessment of muscle ageing: acquired deforming hypertonia in the elderly, accelerated muscle aging (causes and functional impact) in HIV- patients (in collaboration with P. Mercié, G. Chêne Inserm U 897, ISPED Bordeaux), based on previously identified cohorts, the impact on participation of preventive programs in low back pain;
  • Assessment of the biomechanics of standing transfer and analysis of trunk motricity and statics, modeling of locomotion during ambulatory activity and long-term care in patients with normal pressure hydrocephalus, hemiplegic patients, elderly patients with falls, and Parkinson’s patients, taking into account for the impact of therapeutic interventions, and the determination of indicators of functional improvement, but also the functional and biomechanical impact of both Physical and Rehabilitative Medicine (PRM) and Adapted-Physical-Activites (APA) programs in elderly sarcopenic patients or patients with spinal deviations, sarcopenic HIV patients, hemiplegic stroke patient and patients with Parkinson disease.

Cognition, communication, interaction

  • Study of neural reorganizations and individual strategies of compensation, from sensory-motor perception to the cognitive field. This allows a new approach to understanding the processes underlying functional disabilities and innovative neurorehabilitation approaches;
  • Study of human activity by integrative models combining global bottom-up (distributed cognition, dynamics and interactivity) and top-down analytical approaches (motor cognition, behaviour control). The preferred method is simulation and interactive technologies in order to achieve both the more realistic assessment of patients ‘everyday life difficulties and the automatic adaptation of therapeutic program according to the patient’s inputs during the performed activity ;
  • Design and validation of new adaptive and assistive technologies for everyday cognition (mobile application, serious game for rehabilitation, connected objects or smarthome) and living environments (school, home, etc. ).


  1. Biou, E., Cassoudesalle, H., Cogne, M., Sibon, I., De Gabory, I., Dehail, P., … & Glize, B. (2019). Transcranial direct current stimulation in post-stroke aphasia rehabilitation: a systematic review. Annals of physical and rehabilitation medicine.
  2. N’Kaoua, B. Landuran, A., & Sauzéon, H.(2019). Wayfinding in a virtual environment and Down syndrome: The impact of navigational aids. Neuropsychology.
  3. Mazon, C.., Fage, C.., &, Sauzéon, H. (2018). Effectiveness and usability of technology-based interventions for children and adolescents with ASD: A systematic review of reliability, consistency, generalization and durability related to the effects of intervention. Computers in Human Behavior.
  4. Ricardo Duarte, Michel Mesnard, Etienne Guillaud, Mathieu de Sèze. Postural and Muscular Activity Changes in Camptocormia Patients as a Result of Rehabilitation Treatment with the TPAD Brace. Annal Biostat & Biomed Appli. 1(2): 2018. ABBA. MS.ID.000507
  5. Cogné, M., Violleau, M. H., Klinger, E., & Joseph, P. A. (2018). Influence of non-contextual auditory stimuli on navigation in a virtual reality context involving executive functions among patients after stroke. Annals of physical and rehabilitation medicine, 61(6), 372-379.
  6. Cassoudesalle, H., Nozeres, A., Petit, H., Cressot, V., Muller, F., Rouanet, F., … & Dehail, P. (2016). Post-acute referral of stroke victims in a French urban area: Results of a specific program. Annals of physical and rehabilitation medicine, 59(4), 248-254.
  7. Faury, S., Rullier, E., Denost, Q., & Quintard, B. (2019). Quality of life and fatigue among colorectal cancer survivors according to stoma status-the national VICAN survey. Journal of psychosocial oncology, 1-14.


Centre de recherche INSERM U1219
Université de Bordeaux – ISPED case 11
146 rue Léo-Saignat
33076 BORDEAUX cedex

Tel: +33 (0)5 57 57 95 38
Tel: +33 (0)5 57 57 15 96
Fax: +33 (0)5 57 57 14 86

  • Director:

    Hélène Sauzéon is a full Professor of psychology and cognitive science at the University of Bordeaux (France) since 2014. Her works carried out in two labs: the former is related to the area of health research (Handicap, Activity, Cognition & Health –HACH team of Bordeaux Population Health Lab, Inserm-University of Bordeaux) and the latter is related to area of computer science (Flowers Team of Inria Center of Bordeaux). She is the team leader of HACH since 2019.

  • Co-director:
  • Contact: chantal.douence@u-bordeaux.fr



  • Noémie Duclos
    Maître de conférences
    Coordonnatrice de l’Institut Universitaire des Sciences de la Réadaptation
    Docteur en Sciences du Mouvement Humain
    Kinésithérapeute diplômée d’Etat

    Depuis 2019 : enseignant-chercheur, Université de Bordeaux – Collège Santé

    2018-2019 : maître de conférences associée, Université de Bordeaux, équipe d’accueil 4136

    2015-2018 : chercheure postdoctorante, Université de Montréal, Centre de Recherche Interdisciplinaire en Réadaptation du Montréal métropolitain (CRIR, Institut Universitaire sur la Réadaptation en Déficience Physique de Montréal)

    2011-2014 : Doctorat, contrat avec mission d’enseignement (ED 463 SMH), Aix-Marseille Université, Faculté des Sciences du Sport, Institut des Sciences du Mouvement Etienne-Jules Matey (UMR 7287 CNRS & Aix-Marseille Université)

    2010-2011 : Master 2 Recherche – Sciences du Mouvement Humain, Aix-Marseille Université

    2007-2010 : Diplôme d’Etat en Masso-Kinésithérapie, IFMK du CHU de Grenoble

    2007-2010 : Licence “Activité Physique Adaptée et Santé” et Master 1 “Mouvement, Peformance, Santé et Ingénierie”, Université Joseph Fourier (Grenoble I)


  • Stéphane Faury

    Mes thématiques de recherche s’inscrivent dans le domaine de la psychologie de la santé. Je travaille plus particulièrement auprès de personnes atteintes d’une maladie chronique (e.g., cancer, lupus).

    Mes travaux oscillent entre l’observation et  l’intervention. D’une part, le but d’une partie de mes recherches (qui prennent bien souvent la forme de revue systématique de la littérature) est d’apporter des éléments pour penser les politiques de santé publique, les stratégies préventives ou encore guider l’élaboration de recommandations de bonnes pratiques médicales. D’autre part, l’autre partie de mes études a pour objectif de développer et/ou d’évaluer l’efficacité d’intervention auprès de personnes atteintes d’une maladie chronique.


    • Doctorat en psychologie, Université de Bordeaux, Inserm UMR1219, EDSP2,
      • Soutenu le 26 novembre 2018 sous la direction de Pr. B. Quintard
      • Financé par l’Institut National du Cancer – Contrat doctoral
    • D.U. Education Thérapeutique, Université de Bordeaux, 2016
    • Master 2 recherche en psychologie, Université de Bordeaux, 2014
    • Master 2 professionnel en psychologie, Université de Bordeaux, 2013 [Psychologue et psychothérapeute]
    • Licence de Psychologie, Université de Bordeaux, 2011
    • Diplôme d’Etat de Psychomotricien, Université de Bordeaux, 2010 [Psychomotricienne]
  • Hélène Sauzeon

    Hélène Sauzéon is a full Professor of psychology and cognitive science at the University of Bordeaux (France) since 2014. Her works carried out in two labs: the former is related to the area of health research (Handicap, Activity, Cognition & Health –HACH team of Bordeaux Population Health Lab, Inserm-University of Bordeaux) and the latter is related to area of computer science (Flowers Team of Inria Center of Bordeaux). She is the team leader of HACH since 2019.

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