Neural Engineering and Rehabilitation

Neural engineering and rehabilitation research applies neuroscience and engineering methods to analyze central and peripheral nervous system function and to design clinical solutions for neurological disorders or injury. Through the application of basic science and engineering techniques, neural engineers develop methods to analyze and control the nervous system and associated organ systems. 

Research in neural engineering at Case Western Reserve University is bolstered through collaboration and proximity to world-class healthcare facilities. Faculty, research associates and students in the Department of Biomedical Engineering work in three national centers of education and research in neural engineering and rehabilitation. Our research teams collaborate with four local major medical facilities: MetroHealth Medical Center, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic and the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. 

The Department of Biomedical Engineering has ongoing research and applications in neural engineering and rehabilitation in several areas that allow our team to move ideas from basic science through experimental testing to clinical deployment. These areas include:

Neuromodulation – Clinical and experimental technologies for treating and managing consequences of stroke, epilepsy, pain, spinal cord injury, genitourinary function, movement disorders, autonomic functions and psychiatric disorders.

Prosthetics and Orthotics – Implanted devices to directly communicate with the  nervous system functions for the control of assistive technologies, as well as provide sensory feedback in amputee prosthetics.

Neural Interfaces – Design of both stimulating and recording electrode technologies for interfacing with the nervous system. In the central nervous system, research is focused on brain computer interfaces and deep brain stimulation to restore function in patients with neurological disorders, such as paralysis. In the peripheral nervous system, novel interfacing technology targets small somatic and autonomic nerves.

Neural and Biomechanical Computation – The use of computational models to simulate the dynamics of the nervous system and musculoskeletal system during movement in order to gain insight into the underlying neural and biomechanical processes. These models are used to develop new treatments and interventions for nervous system disorders disorders, as well as to design more effective prosthetics and other assistive technologies.

Computational tools are also applied to develop and understand neural circuit function and dynamics.

Affiliated Labs and Centers 


Research Faculty

Affiliated Faculty

Name Title  Contact Information

Alberts, Jay

Assistant Professor

Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

Molecular Medicine

Phone: 216.445.322

Fax: .216.444.9198


Burgess, Richard C.

Adjunct Professor

Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Department of Neurology

Phone: 216.444.7008

Fax: 216.445.4378


Chae, John


MetroHealth Medical Center

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Phone: 216.778.3472

Fax: 216.778.5560


Chiel, Hillel J.


Case Western Reserve University


Phone: 216.368.3846

Fax: 216.368.4672


Jenkins, Michael

Assistant Professor

University Hospitals



Kilgore, Kevin

Adjunct Assistant Professor

MetroHealth Medical Center


Phone: 216.778.3801

Fax: 216.778.8409


Taylor, Dawn

Assistant Professor

Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

Lerner Research Institute

Phone: 216.778.3480

Fax: 216.778.4259