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Symposium Speakers

Symposium Speakers

Ted Berger

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Dr. Theodore W. Berger is the David Packard Professor of Engineering, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience, and Director of the Center for Neural Engineering at the University of Southern California.  Dr. Berger’s research uses an integrated experimental and theoretical approach to developing biologically realistic nonlinear dynamic models of the hippocampus and its function in forming new memories.  The resulting models have been used to understand the role of neural nonlinear dynamics in multi-input, multi-output signal processing, the dynamics of large-scale multi-neuron systems, and multi-scale, hierarchical neural organization.  Preclinical applications of Dr. Berger’s research include the development of cognitive neural prostheses for restoring lost memory function; clinical applications extend to the development of medical devices and procedures for controlling seizures; industrial applications include biologically-based models underlying spatio-temporal pattern recognition.  Dr. Berger received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, and has been elected a Fellow of the AAAS, the AIMBE, and the IEEE.  Among other awards, he has recently received the Academic Career Achievement Award from the EMBS.

 

Gert Cauwenberghs

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Gert Cauwenberghs is Professor of Bioengineering and Co-Director of the Institute for Neural Computation at UC San Diego.  He received the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Caltech in 1994, and was previously Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, and Visiting Professor of Brain and Cognitive Science at MIT.  His research focuses on micropower biomedical instrumentation, neuron-silicon and brain-machine interfaces, neuromorphic engineering, and adaptive intelligent systems.  He is a Fellow of the IEEE and serves IEEE in a variety of roles including recently as General Chair of the IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference (BioCAS 2011, San Diego), as Program Co-Chair of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference (EMBC 2012, San Diego), and currently as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems.

 

 

Gregoire Courtine

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Grégoire Courtine was trained in Mathematics and Physics, but received his PhD in Experimental Medicine from the Inserm Plasticity and Repair, France, in 2003. After a Post-doctoral training at Los Angeles (UCLA), he established his own laboratory at the University of Zurich in 2008. In Dec 2011, he accepted the International paraplegic foundation (IRP) chair in spinal cord repair in the center for neuroprosthetics at the EPFL. He received numerous honors such as the UCLA Chancellor’s award, the Schellenberg Prize for his advances in spinal cord repair, and a fellowship from the European Research Council (ERC). Several of his works received substantial coverage in the national and international media.

 

 

Tim Denison

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Tim Denison is a Technical Fellow at Medtronic and Director of Core Technology for the Neuromodulation Division, where he helps oversee the design of next generation neural interface and algorithm technologies for the treatment of chronic neurological disease. In 2012, he was awarded membership to the Bakken Society, Medtronic’s highest technical and scientific honor. Tim received an A.B. in Physics from The University of Chicago, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from MIT. Tim’s extracurricular pursuits include serving as an adjunct assistant professor at Brown University, teaching “smart” medical sensor design short courses at the TU Delft, chairing the IEEE EMBS society Twin Cities chapter.

 

 

 

Reggie Edgerton

edgertonDr. Edgerton’s laboratory focuses on two main research questions. One question is how do the neural networks in the lumbar spinal cord of mammals, including humans, regain control of standing, stepping and voluntary control of fine movements after paralysis, and how can these motor functions be modified by chronically imposing activity-dependent interventions after spinal cord injury.

 

 

 

 

Dario Farino

farinoDario Farina received the Ph.D. degrees in automatic control and computer science and in electronics and communications engineering from the Ecole Centrale de Nantes and Politecnico di Torino, respectively, in 2002. After a period (2002–2004) as Assistant Professor at Politecnico di Torino and Associate Professor (2004–2008) at Aalborg University, Denmark, he has been Full Professor at Aalborg University (2008-2010). Since 2010 he is Full Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Neurorehabilitation Engineering at the University Medical Center Göttingen, Georg-August University, Germany. Currently, he is also the Chair for NeuroInformatics of the Bernstein Focus Neurotechnology Göttingen. His research focuses on biomedical signal processing, modeling, neurorehabilitation technology, and neural control of movement. Within these areas, he has (co)-authored more than 250 papers in peer-reviewed Journals. Prof. Farina is currently the President of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology. He is the recipient of the 2010 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Early Career Achievement Award.

 

 

Shangkai Gao

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Prof. Shangkai Gao graduated from the Department of Electrical Engineering of Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1970, and received the M.E. degree of biomedical engineering in 1982 in same department of Tsinghua University. She is now a professor of the department of Biomedical Engineering in Tsinghua University. Her research interests include biomedical signal processing and medical imaging, especially the study of brain-computer interface. She is the Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). She is now the Editorial Board Member of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Journal of Neural Engineering and Physiological Measurement, as well as the senior editor of IEEE Transactions on Neural System and Rehabilitation Engineering.

 

 

 

Warren Grill

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Warren M. Grill is Addy Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University, with secondary appointments in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Neurobiology, and Surgery. He received the B.S. in biomedical engineering with honors in 1989 from Boston University and the Ph.D. in biomedical engineering in 1995 from Case Western Reserve University. He was elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering in 2007 and as a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society in 2011. He is Co-Founder, Director, and Chief Scientific Officer of NDI Medical, a medical device incubator, and Director and Chief Scientific Advisor at SPR Therapeutics, which developed a novel therapy for treating pain. Dr. Grill serves as Consultant to the FDA Neurological Devices, on the editorial boards of Brain Stimulation and Journal of Neural Engineering, and on Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special-Disabilities Programs.

 

 

 

David Guiraud

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David Guiraud obtained M.Sc Degree from Ecole Centrale de Paris in 1990 Ph.D in biomedical Eng. in 1993 on the control of neural prosthesis and exoskeleton using artificial neural networks. He founded DEMAR team at INRIA-LIRMM in 2004 and obtained the “Grand prix de l’académie des sciences 2010”. For more than 10 years he was involved in projects and teams working on rehabilitation based on FES (Functional Electrical Stimulation). The main areas of interest concern: modeling of sensory motor system, in particular striated muscle, designing of networked implantable neuroprostheses. David Guiraud was regularly involved in clinical research activities in relationship with surgeons and physiotherapists. This leads to the definition of rehabilitation protocols and clinical research activities such as quiet standing for paraplegia, fatigue assessment, movement synthesis and control. At the beginning of his career David Guiraud worked with AIMD (Active Implantable Medical Devices) industry.

 

Xiaoping Hu

huDr. Hu is a professor of biomedical engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University and a Georgia Research Alliance eminent scholar in biomedical imaging. With a Ph.D. in medical physics from the University of Chicago, Dr. Hu has worked on the development and biomedical applications of magnetic resonance imaging/spectroscopy, particularly in the study of brain, for almost 3 decades. Dr. Hu has authored or co-authored 210 peer-reviewed journal articles, and his work has been cited more than 10,000 times. Among various contributions, he is recognized for his development of acquisition and analysis methods for functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), including methods for removing physiological noise, ultrahigh field fMRI, real-time fMRI, and Granger causality analysis of fMRI data. In addition to neuroimaging, his current research interest also includes MR molecular imaging and In vivo MR detection of action potential.

 

Mark Humayun

2013 USC SpringMark Humayun received his medical degree from Duke University and his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed advanced fellowship training in vitreoretinal surgery from Johns Hopkins Hospital and subsequently served on faculty at Johns Hopkins. He currently holds the Cornelius J. Pings Chair in Biomedical Sciences and is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California. Dr. Humayun is a member of the National Academies Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Engineering, and is included on many lists of Best Doctors in the country. He also is the recipient of top engineering awards including being named the R&D magazine Innovator of the Year in 2005.

 

 

Todd Kuiken

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Todd A. Kuiken received his MD and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Northwestern (1990) and his residency in PM&R at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (1995).  Dr. Kuiken currently is the Director of the Center for Bionic Medicine.  He is a Professor in the Depts. of PM&R, Biomedical Engineering and Surgery of Northwestern University. Dr. Kuiken’s research team is working to develop a neural-machine interface to improve the function of artificial limbs.  A main research focus of the lab is developing a technique to use nerve transfers for improvement of myoelectric prosthesis control.  By transferring the residual arm nerves in an upper limb amputee to spare regions of muscle it is possible to make new signals for the control of robotic arms.  These signals are be directly related to the original function of the limb and allow simultaneous control of multiple joints in a natural way. This work has now been extended with the use of pattern recognition algorithms, enabling the intuitive control of more functions it the prosthetic limbs. Similarly, hand sensation nerves grow into spare skin so that when this skin is touched, the amputee feels like their missing hand is being touched.

 

Brian Litt

littDr. Litt obtained a degree in Engineering and Applied Sciences from Harvard University in 1982 and his MD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1986, where he stayed for an Osler Internship, Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Bioengineering, Neurology Residency and Fellowship in Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology.  Dr. Litt stayed on the faculty at Johns Hopkins before moving to Emory University and Georgia Tech, with a joint appointment in Neurology and Biomedical Engineering in 1996.  Dr. Litt was recruited to Neurology and Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania in 2000 where he is now a Professor and divides is time equally between separate tenured appointments in the School of Medicine (Neurology) and School of Engineering (Bioengineering).  He is currently Interim Director of the Penn Epilepsy Center at HUP, Director of the Translational Neuroengineering Laboratory in Bioengineering, where he teaches a programming intensive graduate course on Brain-Computer Interfaces.

 

Yuan Liu

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Dr. Yuan Liu serves as Chief of the Office of International Activities, and Director of Computational Neuroscience and Neuroinformatics Program at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institutes of Health (NIH). She leads the NINDS’ international activities, which focus on fostering global health research and training, along with international collaborations.  The Computational Neuroscience and Neuroinformatics program aims at promoting collaborations between experimental, computational and informatics neuroscientists to advance our understanding of nervous system structure and function, and provide insight into mechanisms underlying nervous system disorders. Dr. Liu also serves as the NINDS representative on many bilateral international, interagency and trans-NIH committees and working groups that develop international and computational/informatics related initiatives and programs.  Many of these programs have relevance to bioengineering and bioimaging, such as the NIH-NSF joint initiative Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS), the trans-NIH Biomedical Information Science and Technology (BISTI), Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K), and the Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF) and Neuroimaging Informatics Tools and Resources Clearinghouse (NITRC), which have been supported by the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research Program. Dr. Liu received her bachelors and masters degrees in neurophysiology from Peking University in P. R. China, and her Ph.D. in neuroscience from the Biozentrum, Universität Basel in Switzerland.  Prior to serving as Program Director for Basic Neuroscience Research Program at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, NIH, Dr. Liu’s research career was focused on the area of neural function and plasticity at the single channel, synaptic and systems levels.

 

Nigel Lovell

lovellNigel Lovell received the B.E. (Hons) and Ph.D. degrees from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. He is currently at the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering UNSW where he holds a position of Scientia Professor. He has authored 400+ journals and refereed conference proceedings, and been awarded over $68 million in R&D and infrastructure funding. His research work has covered areas of expertise ranging from cardiac modeling, telehealth technologies, biological signal processing, and visual prosthesis design. Through a spin-out company from UNSW, TeleMedCare Pty. Ltd., he has commercialised a range of telehealth technologies for managing chronic disease and falls in the older population. He is also one of the key researchers leading an R&D program to develop in Australia a retinal neuroprosthesis or ‘bionic eye’. Prof. Lovell was the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Vice President (VP) for Conferences (2004/2005 and 2010/2013) and VP for Member and Student Activities (2002/2003). He was the conference co-chair for the 2003 World Congress in Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, held in Sydney Australia, scientific co-chair for the Annual IEEE EMBS conference in Lyon France in 2007 and Osaka in 2013, and in 2000 was awarded the IEEE Millennium Medal for services to the EMBS and the profession.

 

Silvestro Micera

miceraSilvestro Micera is currently Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa, Italy) and at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Lausanne, Switzerland). He received the University degree (Laurea) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pisa, in 1996, and the Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, in 2000. From 2000 to 2009, he has been an Assistant Professor of BioRobotics at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna where he is now Associate Professor and the Head of the Neural Engineering group. In 2007 he was a Visiting Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA with a Fulbright Scholarship. From 2008 to 2011 he was the Head of the Neuroprosthesis Control group and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Institute for Automation, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, CH. In 2009 he was the recipient of the “Early Career Achievement Award” of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. From 2011 he is Associate Professor and Head of the Translational Neural Engineering Laboratory at the EPFL. Dr. Micera’s research interests include the development of hybrid neuroprosthetic systems (interfacing the central and peripheral nervous systems with artificial systems) and of mechatronic and robotic systems for function and assessment restoration in disabled and elderly persons. He is author of more than 80 ISI scientific papers and several international patents. He is currently Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering and of IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering. He is also member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation, of Journal of Neural Engineering, and of the IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine.

 

Lee Miller

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Lee E. Miller received the B.A. degree in physics from Goshen College, Goshen, IN, in 1980, and the M.S. degree in biomedical engineering and the Ph.D. degree in physiology from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, in 1983 and 1989, respectively. He completed two years of postdoctoral training in the Department of Medical Physics, University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. He is currently the Edgar C. Stuntz Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience in the Departments of Physiology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University. His primary research interests are in the cortical control of muscle activity and limb movement, the representation of limb state by the somatosensory system, and in the development of brain–machine interfaces that attempt to mimic normal physiological systems.

 

 

Hunter Peckham

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P. Hunter Peckham is the Donnell Institute Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedics; Distinguished University Professor; Executive Director, Institute for Functional Restoration at Case Western Reserve University; Senior Career Research Scientist and Associate Director of Technology Transfer, Cleveland FES Center of Excellence, in the Department of Veterans Affairs; and on the Bioscientific Staff at Metrohealth Medical Center. The Institute for Functional Restoration, or IFR, at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) deploys neuroprosthetic interventions into clinical use to restore the functions lost due to spinal cord injury or other paralytic conditions. Under the leadership of Dr. Hunter Peckham, the IFR acts as the surrogate corporate partner for the neural technologies that have demonstrated feasible within the research programs. Dr. Peckham is also the Principal Investigator on the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) Biomedical Research Partnership award which has led to the development of the Networked Neuroprosthesis. The major area of Dr. Peckham’s research is in rehabilitation engineering and neuroprostheses. Dr. Peckham’s research effort focuses on functional restoration of the paralyzed upper extremity in individuals with spinal cord injury. He and collaborators developed a number of implantable neural prostheses which utilize electrical stimulation to control neuromuscular activation. They have implemented procedures to provide control upper extremity in individuals with tetraplegia, enabling individuals with central nervous system disability to regain the ability to perform essential activities of daily living. His present efforts concern technology development, expansion of the indications for this technology, and technology transfer. Dr. Peckham is a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering; a fellow and honorary member of the American Spinal Injury Association; member of the National Academy of Engineering. He is a member of numerous professional organizations. Dr. Peckham received the Paul B. Magnuson Award, the highest honor for VA Rehabilitation Investigators. He received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson College of Technology (now Clarkson University), Potsdam, NY, and his MS and PhD degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.

 

Grace Peng

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Grace C.Y. Peng received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana, the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University. She performed postdoctoral and faculty research in the department of Neurology at the Johns Hopkins University. In 2000 she became the Clare Boothe Luce professor of biomedical engineering at the Catholic University of America. Since 2002, Dr. Peng has been a Program Director in the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), at the National Institutes of Health. Her program areas at the NIBIB include mathematical modeling, simulation and analysis methods, and next generation engineering systems for rehabilitation, neuroengineering, and surgical systems. In 2003, she brought together the Neuroprosthesis Group (NPG) of program officers across multiple institutes of the NIH. Also in 2003, Dr. Peng lead the creation of the Interagency Modeling and Analysis Group (IMAG), which now consists of program officers from ten federal agencies of the U.S. government and Canada (www.imagwiki.org/mediawiki). IMAG has continuously supported funding specifically for multiscale modeling (of biological systems) since 2004. IMAG facilitates the activities of the Multiscale Modeling (MSM) Consortium of investigators (started in 2006). Dr. Peng is interested in promoting the development of intelligent tools and reusable models, and integrating these approaches in engineering systems and multiscale physiological problems.

 

Jose Principe

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Jose C. Principe is Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida since 2002. He is BellSouth Professor and Founding Director of the University of Florida Computational Neuro-Engineering Laboratory (CNEL). He joined the University of Florida in 1987, after an eight year appointment as Professor at the University of Aveiro, in Portugal. Dr. Principe holds degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Porto, Portugal, University of Florida, USA (Master and Ph.D.), and Honoris Causa degrees from the Universita Mediterranea in Reggio Calabria, Italy, Universidade do Maranhao, Brazil and Aalto University, Finland. Dr. Principe is a Fellow of the IEEE (2000), AIMBE (2006), IAMBE (2012) and recipient of the INNS Gabor Award, the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Career Achievement Award, and the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Neural Network Pioneer Award. He served as President of the International Neural Network Society in 2004, as Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions of Biomedical Engineering from 2001 to 2007, and as a member of the Advisory Science Board of the FDA from 2001 to 2004. He is currently the Founding Editor in Chief of the IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering. He has been heavily involved in conference organization and several IEEE society administrative committees. Dr. Principe chaired 78 Ph.D. and 61 Master student committees, and he is author of more than 600 refereed publications (5 books, 7 edited books, 19 book chapters, 201 journal papers and 427 conference proceedings). He holds 22 patents and has submitted seven more.

 

Paul Sajda

sajda Paul Sajda is Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Radiology at Columbia University and Director of the Laboratory for Intelligent Imaging and Neural Computing (LIINC). His research focuses on neural engineering, neuroimaging, computational neural modeling and machine learning applied to image understanding. Prior to Columbia he was Head of The Adaptive Image and Signal Processing Group at the David Sarnoff Research Center in Princeton, NJ. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from MIT and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University ofPennsylvania. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, the Sarnoff Technical Achievement Award, and is a Fellow of the IEEE and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). He is also the Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Transactions in Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering and a member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Neuroengineering. He has been involved in several technology start-ups and is a co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Neuromatters, LLC., a neurotechnology research and development company.

 

Justin C. Sanchez

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Dr. Justin Sanchez joined DARPA as a program manager in 2013. At DARPA, Dr. Sanchez will explore neurotechnology, brain science and systems neurobiology. Before coming to DARPA, Dr. Sanchez was an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience at the University of Miami, and a faculty member of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. He directed the Neuroprosthetics Research Group, where he oversaw development of neural-interface medical treatments and neurotechnology for treating paralysis and stroke, and for deep brain stimulation for movement disorders, Tourette’s syndrome and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Dr. Sanchez has developed new methods for signal analysis and processing techniques for studying the unknown aspects of neural coding and functional neurophysiology. His experience covers in vivo electrophysiology for brain-machine interface design in animals and humans where he studied the activity of single neurons, local field potentials and electrocorticogram in the cerebral cortex and from deep brain structures of the motor and limbic system. He is an elected member of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. He has published more than 75 peer-reviewed papers, holds seven patents in neuroprosthetic design and authored a book on the design of brain-machine interfaces. He has served as a reviewer for the NIH Neurotechnology Study Section, DoD’s Spinal Cord Injury Research Program and the Wellcome Trust, and as an associate editor of multiple journals of biomedical engineering and neurophysiology. Dr. Sanchez holds Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Engineering degrees in Biomedical Engineering, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Science, all from the University of Florida.

 

Steve Schiff

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Steven J. Schiff, Brush Chair Professor of Engineering and Director of the Penn State Center for Neural Engineering, is a faculty member in the Departments of Neurosurgery, Engineering Science and Mechanics, and Physics. A Pediatric Neurosurgeon with particular interests in Epilepsy, Hydrocephalus, Sustainable Health Engineering and Global Health, he holds a Ph.D. in Physiology, and an M.D., from Duke University School of Medicine. His book on Neural Control Engineering, was published by the MIT Press in 2012. Dr. Schiff has been listed in the Consumer’s Research Council of America’s guides to top physicians and surgeons, and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

 

 

Nitish Thakor

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Nitish V. Thakor (F’1994) is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins and also the Director the Singapore Institute for Neurotechnology (SINAPSE) at the National University of Singapore. He is currently the Editor in Chief (EIC) of Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing and was the Editor in Chief of IEEE TNSRE from 2005-2011 and presently the EIC of Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing. Dr. Thakor is a recipient of a Research Career Development Award from NIH a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the NSF and is a Fellow of the AIMBE IEEE Founding Fellow of BMES and Fellow of IFMBE.  He is a recipient of the award of Technical Excellence in Neuroengineering from IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Distinguished Alumnus Award from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay India and a Centennial Medal from the University of Wisconsin School of Engineering.

 

 

John White

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John A. White is the Executive Director of the Brain Institute and a USTAR Professor of Bioengineering and Neuroscience at the University of Utah.  White received B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University and his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.  White’s research focuses on the mechanistic bases of normal and abnormal neural activity and information processing. His approach blends technology development, electrophysiology, computational modeling, and imaging. The goal is to develop new treatments for memory disorders and epilepsy, based on novel applications of electronic technology and methods of analysis from applied mathematics and engineering.  White has published over 70 peer-reviewed papers.  As principal or co-principal investigator, he has raised over $50M in grant funding from the government and private sources. He is a Fellow of the American Institute for Biological and Medical Engineering and a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society.

 

Greg Worrell

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Greg Worrell is Chair of Clinical Neurophysiology, Director of Mayo Systems Electrophysiology Laboratory (MSEL), and Professor of Neurology at Mayo Clinic. His clinical practice and research are focused on the evaluation and care of patients with medically resistant epilepsy. Through MSEL he is currently pursuing the integration of large-scale neurophysiology, computing, and imaging for biomarker discovery. Ongoing clinical trials are investigating brain mapping, therapeutic brain stimulation, and seizure prediction. Dr. Worrell received his Ph.D. in Physics from Case Western Reserve University and MD from University of Texas Medical Branch. He completed his Neurology training at Mayo Clinic. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, American Neurological Association, American Epilepsy Society, and IEEE.

 

 

Kaiming Ye

Kaiming_Ye portrait-1Dr. Kaiming Ye is Professor and Department Chair of Bioengineering at State University of New York, Binghamton. He also serves as Program Director of Biomedical Engineering Program at National Science Foundation (NSF). His research background includes stem cell engineering, regenerative medicine, imaging and vaccine development.  He is best known for his creative works in directing differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells into clinically relevant cell lineages under 3D environments and his work in engineering fluorescence nanosensors for continuous glucose monitoring. He serves as Program Evaluator for Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) for Biomedical Engineering as well. He has chaired and co-chaired a number of international conferences and has been invited to deliver keynote/plenary speech in numerous international and national conferences. He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers and a book on human embryonic stem cells and a patent on glucose sensor. He serves as Executive Editor, Associate Editor, and member of Editorial Boards of 13 journals.