Department of Biomedical Engineering
NEC

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The Neural Engineering Center (NEC) is a coordinated group of scientists and engineers dedicated to research and education in an area at the interface between neuroscience and engineering. They share the common goal of analyzing the function of the nervous system, developing methods to restore damaged neurological function, and creating artificial neuronal systems by integrating physical, chemical, mathematical, biological and engineering tools.

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Rafael Carbunaru, Ph.D.

Rafael Carbunaru Ph.D. (1999) and M.Sc. (1996) in Biomedical Engineering; Electronics Engineering degree (1993) from Universidad Simon Bolivar (Venezuela)
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The center was started in 2001 and replaced the Applied Neural Control Laboratory (ANCL) started in 1972. The center offers breadth and depth in Neural Engineering research and education in a highly ranked biomedical engineering department and medical school. The center is located on the campus of Case Western Reserve University.

The graduates of this program have made significant contributions to the development and the growth of this fast growing area of neural engineering in academic, industrial and federal institutions.

Congratulations, Bolu Ajiboye, PhD and Robert Kirsch, PhD. First Place - 2018 International Annual BCI-Research Award More

Neural Engineering Center professors featured in a Nature review article on the future of Medicine

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2018 NYC Neuromodulation Conference & NANS Summer Series, August More

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
4th Annual STEM Faculty Launch workshop

October 4-5, 2018 More

September 21, 2018
8:30am, DeGrace Hall, Room 312
Case Western Reserve University
Daniel Rizzuto, PhD
CEO Nia Therapeutics
Direct Brain Interfaces for Memory Restoration More

Friday September 14, 2018
NEC seminar

NOTE LOCATION: Nord 240, 9:00 AM
Speaker: Hillary Bedell
Advisor: Prof. Capadona
Title: A review of active anti-inflammatory approaches to reduce the biological response to intracortical microelectrodes More

Friday September 7, 2018
NEC seminar
CANCELED

Friday August 31, 2018
NEC seminar
CANCELED

Friday August 24, 2018
NEC seminar
CANCELED

Friday August 17, 2018
NEC seminar
CANCELED

Friday August 10, 2018
NEC seminar

Nord 400, 9:00 AM
Speaker: Hendrik Dewald
Advisor: Prof. Kirsch
Title: Impact of Peripheral Nerve Block on Flexion Synergy Expression at the Wrist and Hand in Stroke More

Friday July 27, 2018
NEC seminar
Nord 400, 9:00 AM
Speaker: Alistair McEwan
The University of Sydney
Title: Neural interfaces for cerebral palsy More

Friday July 20, 2018
NEC seminar
Nord 400, 9:00 AM
Speaker: Elizabeth Heald
Advisors: Prof. Peckham
Title: Utilizing Muscle Activity from Below the Spinal Cord Injury Level for Neuroprosthetic Control More

Friday July 14, 2018
NEC seminar
Nord 400, 9:00 AM
Speaker: Dr. Brooke Odle
Advisors: Drs. Ron Triolo and Musa Audu
Title: Estimating the Interaction Forces of the Upper Extremities and Support Devices More

NO NEC Seminar Friday July 6

Friday June 29
NEC Seminar

9:00 AM, Nord 400
Speaker: Jessica De Abreu
Advisor: Prof. Kirsch
Title: Virtual reality models for studying object interaction effects in BCI-controlled reaching tasks More

Friday, June 22, 2018
NEC Seminar Canceled

Friday, June 22, 2108
NP Seminar
Noon, BRB 105
Speaker: Peter Kirkwood,PhD
University College, London
Title: Following Sherrington: Integration in Intercostal Motoneurons More

Friday, June 15, 2018
NEC Seminar

9:00 AM, Nord 400
Speaker: Ryan Reyes
Advisor: Prof. Ron Triolo
Title: Development and Metabolic Testing of a Hybrid Neuroprosthesis for Walking After Paraplegia More

Friday, June 8, 2018
NP Seminar

8:30 am, Linsalata Alumni Center, Foster Castele Great Hall
Case Western Reserve University
Speaker: Tim Denison, PhD
Vice President of Research and Core Technology, Medtronic
Title: Designing for Value: One Positive and One Disastrous Case Study More

Friday, June 1, 2018
NEC Seminar

9:00 AM, Nord 400
Speaker: Kelsey Bower
Advisor: Prof. McIntyre
Title: Modeling deep brain stimulation of afferent axon terminals: the role of axon morphology and head model complexity More

Friday, May 25, 2018
NEC Seminar

9:00 AM, Nord 400
Speaker: Joseph Marmerstein, Ph.D. Candidate, Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: Prof. Durand
Title: Chronic Recording of Rat Vagal Tone with Carbon Nanotube Yarn Electrodes More

Friday, May 18, 2018
No Seminar

Friday, May 11, 2018
No Seminar

Friday, May 4, 2018
NEC Seminar

9:00 AM, Nord 400
Speaker: Brian Sanner, Ph.D Candidate
Advisor: Prof. Tyler
Title: Verification Testing of an Inline High Density Connector for Implanted Functional Electrical Stimulation More

Friday, April 27, 2018
NEC Seminar

9:00 AM, Nord 400
Speaker: Prof. Mortimer
Topic: Authorship More

April 25, 2018
Ph.D. Dissertation Defense
12:00pm, Rockefeller Building - Room 303
Student: John Hermann
Advisor: Jeffrey Capadona, Ph.D.
Title: "The Role of Innate Immunity in the Response to Intracortical Microelectrode" More

April 20, 2018
Ph.D. Dissertation Defense
9:00am, NORD 400
Student: Daniel Young
Advisor: A. Bolu Ajiboye, Ph.D.
Title: "Restoring Brain-Controlled Movements after Paralysis: Developing Brain Computer Interfaces for Control of Reaching Using Functional Electrical Stimulation" More

Friday, April 13, 2018
APTC Distinguished Lecture Series

11am-12pm, Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute, Room NE1-205
Speaker: Shelley Fried, PhD
Title: Restoring function with neural prostheses: work towards the development of more effective stimulation strategies More

Friday, April 13, 2018
NP Seminar

8:30am, BRB 105
Speaker: Sliman Bensmaia, PhD
Title: Biological and Bionic Hands: Natural Neural Coding and Artificial Perception More

Friday, April 6, 2018
NEC Seminar
9:00 AM, Nord 400

Speaker: Grant McCallum, PhD
PI: Prof. Durand
Title: "Neural activity within solid breast tumors and the implications on metastasis" More

Friday, March 29, 2018
NEC Seminar
9:00 AM, Nord 400

Speaker: Ivana Cuberovic
Advisor: Prof. Dustin Tyler
Title: "Cognitive Factors Driving Perception of Sensory Location" More

Friday, March 23, 2018
NEC Seminar
9:00 AM, Nord 400

Speaker: Platon Lukyanenko
Advisor: Prof. Dustin Tyler
Title: "A muscle synergy basis for a continuous, proportional, simultaneous prosthetic hand controller allows reduced training time without performance degradation." More

Friday, March 16, 2018
NP Seminar

8:30 AM, Wolstein Research Building Room 1413
Title: Interfacing with Autonomic Nerves
Speaker: Dominique Durand, PhD

Friday, March 9, 2018
NEC Seminar
9:00 AM, Nord 400

Speaker: Natalie Cole
Advisor: Prof. Bolu Ajiboye
Title: "Reducing the dimensionality of time-varying hand function with muscle synergies" More

Friday, March 2, 2018
NEC Seminar

9:00 AM, Nord 400

Speaker: Breanne Christie
Advisors: Drs. Ronald Triolo and Dustin Tyler
Title: Evaluating the functional performance and cognitive burden of lower limb sensory neuroprostheses More

Friday, February 23, 2018
NEC Seminar

9:00 AM, Nord 400

Speaker: Nicholas Couturier
Advisor: Prof. Durand
Title: Low-frequency fiber tract stimulation for seizure suppression in cortical epilepsies More

Friday, February 16, 2018
NP Seminar

8:30 AM, Wolstein Research Building Room 1413
Speaker: Julius DeWald, PhD More

NEC Seminar
Friday, February 9, 2018

CANCELED

Friday, February 2, 2018
NEC Seminar

9:00 AM, Nord 400

Speaker: Cale Crowder
Advisor: Robert Kirsch, PhD
Title: Applications of deep learning in brain-computer interfaces More

Friday, January 26, 2018
NEC Seminar

9:00 AM, Nord 400
Speaker: Rajat Shivacharan
Advisor: Prof. Durand
Title: Spontaneous neural activity can propagate non-synaptically More

January 25, 2018
M.S. Dissertation Defense
9:00am, Wickenden 420
Student: Nathan Kostick
Title: Novel Carbon-Nanotube Based Neural Interface for Chronic Recording of Glossopharyngeal Nerve Activity More

Friday, January 19, 2018
NP Seminar

8:30 AM, Wolstein Research Building Room 1413

Speaker: Aaron Batista, PhD
Associate Professor, Bioengineering
Principal Investigator, Sensory Motor Integration Laboratory and Engineering
University of Pittsburgh

Title: How does the brain change when we learn? more

NEC Seminar canceled for Friday, January 12.

Friday, Decenber 15, 2017
NEC Seminar

9:00 AM, Nord 400
Speaker: Kristen Gelenitis
Advisor: Prof. Triolo
Title: Exploiting C-FINE Selectivity to Prolong Moment Output with Neural Stimulation More

Friday, Decenber 8, 2017
NP Seminar

8:30 AM, Wolstein Research Building Room 1413
Speaker: Parag G. Patil, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
University of Michigan
Title: Vive La Difference: Managing Structural and Functional Diversity in DBS for Movement Disorders More...

Friday, December 1, 2017
NEC Seminar

9:00 AM, NORD 400
Speaker: Hillary Bedell
Advisor: Prof. Capadona
Title: The effects of dual targeting of an innate immune receptor pathway and mechanical mismatch of the tissue-electrode interface on the neuroinflammatory response to intracortical microelectrodes More

Thursday, November 30, 2017
Spreading the Light: Infrared Neuromodulation Symposium
Linsalata Alumni Center

Friday, November 17, 2017 CANCELED
NEC Seminar

9:00 AM, NORD 400
Speaker: Platon Lukyanenko
Advisor: Prof. Tyler
Title: Towards an Independent 4-Degree-Of-Freedom Prosthetic Hand Controller More

Friday, November 10, 2017
NEC Seminar

9:00 AM, NORD 400
Speaker: Hedrik Dewald
Advisor: Prof. Kirsch
Title: Simultaneous and Independent Control of a Virtual Three-Degree of Freedom Prosthetic Hand using Implanted Intramuscular Electrodes More

Friday, November 3, 2017
NP Seminar

8:30 AM, BRB 105

Speaker: Sherif M Elbasiouny, PhD, PE, PEng
Title: Neuroengineering Approaches in Neuroprosthetics and Neurodegeneration More

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