If you think of the nervous system as the “internet” of the body, it’s easy to understand how devastating a break in the connection can be. And unfortunately, fixing a nervous system outage is not nearly as simple as a repair to your home WiFi.
Physicians and researchers have been working since the 1950s to better understand and communicate with the nervous system (think cochlear implants and pacemakers). Thanks to significant advances in technology and the creation of algorithms needed to translate neural codes, great strides have been made in helping those who have nervous system injuries.
Join MedTech Intelligence and Battelle for a webinar to learn more about unraveling the mysteries of the nervous system.
Neurotechnology: Advancing Beyond Expectations
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018
Noon – 1 p.m. (EST)
Gaurav Sharma, PhD
Senior Research Scientist, Battelle
Gaurav’s work has helped a paralyzed patient regain control of his hand and developed nanotechnologies for engineering the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and targeting the brain. Gaurav is the lead investigator on the NeuroLife program at Battelle and has also served as the technical lead on multiple cutting-edge projects involving peripheral/spinal stimulation, brain-computer interface development and targeted drug delivery. For the last six years, he has devoted most of his time to NeuroLife® technology, a groundbreaking neural bridging technology for patients with spinal cord injuries. Beyond spinal cord injury, he sees potential benefits for stroke and traumatic brain injury patients and other types of sensory-motor rehabilitation.
Doug Weber, PhD
Director, Neurotechnology Research and Development - Battelle
Associate Professor, Department of Bioengineering - University of Pittsburgh
Doug has made it his life’s work to find technology solutions that can help people with nervous systems problems. He has more than 20 years of experience on the front lines of neurotechnology innovation, with a career that has resulted in eight patents (and counting) and a biotechnology startup. At Battelle, Doug is focusing on further development of Battelle NeuroLife®. He recently completed a four-year term as a Program Manager in the Biological Technologies Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he created and managed a portfolio of neurotechnology programs.
What You’ll Learn
In this webinar, you’ll learn about the three main capabilities for neural technology applications: assist, restore and advance. We’re assisting the body to go beyond physical limitations where biology is broken. We’re restoring the body by optimizing recovery through targeted neuroplasticity and bioelectronic medicine. And finally, we’re advancing the healthy body to perform beyond current physical and cognitive abilities.
Hear about some of the remarkable outcomes from work with the first Battelle NeuroLife® technology clinical trial patient (hint: he’s made advancements way beyond our expectations). We’ll also address some of the high-level practical challenges that must be overcome to move forward. For example, how can we move this technology from lab to homes? And not everyone is willing to have some of their skull removed, so how can we make this work without brain surgery?