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Mini Symposium on Technologies to Bypass Nervous System Injuries

  • Dates:
    Jul 18, 2018
  • Location: Honolulu, HI, U.S.
  • Address: Meeting Room 316B

We hope you can join us for our mini symposium: Technologies to Bypass Nervous System Injuries – The Path from Clinic to In-Home Use.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
8 to 9:30 a.m.
Hosted by Battelle
The mini symposium is chaired by Gaurav Sharma, PhD. Gaurav is a Senior Research Scientist at Battelle and the principal investigator on the NeuroLife Neural Bypass program.

Brain Computer Interface (BCI) neuroprosthetics show promise for improving paralyzed patients’ functional independence by enabling thought-control of robotic arms or evoking movements in the patients’ own limbs. 

Learn more from the leading researchers in this field during our mini symposium held for attendees of the 40th International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society

Ian Burkhart
Ian was paralyzed six years ago. He is the first participant in the clinical study being conducted by Battelle and the Ohio State University, working on a neural bypass system for those with spinal cord injuries (SCIs), for the last four years. Ian became the first person with quadriplegia to perform complex tasks involving hand movements by using signals recorded from his brain.Ian brings a unique and important perspective on the user’s priorities and needs from a neuroprosthetic technology that can help guide the future development in this field.

Marcie Bockbrader, MD, Ph.D.
Marcie is an Assistant Professor at the Ohio State University, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Her clinical area of expertise is the management of rehabilitation needs of patients with acquired brain and spine injuries. She brings an important perspective on the most relevant measurements of functional assessments to evaluate an assistive neuroprosthetic technology.

Jennifer Collinger, Ph.D.
Jennifer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh. Her current research interests are related to neurorehabilitation and brain-computer interface technology for individuals with motor impairments. In particular, her group has done pioneering work in restoring the sense of touch in amputees using intracortical sensorimotor stimulation.

A. Bolu Ajiboye, Ph.D.
A. Bolu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland,OH. His research interest is in the development and control of BCI for restoring function to individuals who have experienced spinal cord injury and stroke. He is part of the BrainGate consortium and is involved with developing BCI-enabled implanted FES based technologies.

David Friedenberg, Ph.D.
David is a Principal Research Statistician at Battelle. His group is focused on applying machine learning methods on messy real-world datasets often with significant computational constraints like having to run in real-time or on low-powered hardware. David will share results on improvements to neural decoding algorithms that can reduce the need for daily recalibration and training. These improvements are necessary for the technology to be usable for patients outside of a laboratory environment.

Doug Weber, Ph.D.
Doug is an Associate Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh with secondary appointments in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition. He recently completed a four-year term as a Program Manager in the Biological Technologies Office (BTO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Virginia, where he created and managed a portfolio of neurotechnology programs, including DARPA’s Hand Proprioception and Touch Interfaces (HAPTIX), Electrical Prescriptions (ElectRx), and Targeted Neuroplasticity Training (TNT) programs.