Sunil K. Agrawal, Ph.D.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716
Phone: (302) 831-8049
agrawal AT udel.edu
Prof. Agrawal’s research interests are in novel biomedical applications of robotics and machines for training and assistance. He has been instrumental in designing and testing lower extremity exoskeletons for gait training of motor impaired patients with stroke and spinal cord injury. His designs have included passive “gravity balancing” and “actively driven” lower limb orthoses, novel design of ankle foot orthoses, sit-to-stand and other mobility assist and training devices. His research interfaces robotic machines with human motor learning.
Ravi V. Bellamkonda, Ph.D.
Professor, Neurological Biomaterials and Therapeutics
Wallace H Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology/Emory University
3108 UA Whitaker Building
Atlanta, GA 30332-0535
ravi AT gatech.edu
Prof. Bellamkonda directs the Neurological Biomaterials and Therapeutics group (Neuro-BAT), a part of the Laboratory for Neuroengineering in the joint Georgia Tech/Emory Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering. He also serves as the Programmatic Thrust Leader for Neural Tissue Engineering in the NSF funded Engineering Research Center, GTEC. His group is interested in developing anisotropic scaffolds for peripheral nerve regeneration, understanding and overcoming CSPG contribution to regenerative failure in the CNS, and in developing receptor targeted nano-scale drug delivery vehicles for the treatment of brain tumors, specifically astrogliomas. He is also interested in interfacing technologies that will better integrate external electronics to the nervous system.
Avis H. Cohen, Ph.D.
Department of Biology and Institute for Systems Research
Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
avis AT isr.umd.edu
Phone: 301-405-0069, 405-6909
Dr. Cohen’s research interests are motor control, spinal cord regeneration and computational neuroscience and neuromorphic engineering. Her group studies an isolated piece of the nervous system in a primitive vertebrate, the lamprey. The work is focused on the mechanisms underlying the generation of an organized motor behavior, locomotion. In addition to the normal animal, she also studies the process of regeneration in the lamprey spinal cord. She uses neurophysiology, immunohistochemistry, computational and neuromorphic engineering to disentangle the various threads of the system. Thus, she hopes to understand a complex behavior in a relatively simple animal, and apply the understanding to a much more complex animal – the human. In related work, engineers working with her group develop robotic and engineering solutions to the creation
Henrietta L. Galiana, Ph.D.
Chair, Dept. Biomedical Engineering
3775 University St., Rm 308, Montreal QC H3A 2B4, Canada
henrietta.galiana at mcgill.ca
Dr. Galiana’s research interest include Oculomotor Control: Development of anatomically relevant bilateral models for the control of binocular eye movements, and the coordination of the eye and head during normal gaze shifts. Other areas of interest are systems analysis and computer simulation in non-linear, structurally modulated, networks. signal processing and system identification: Algorithms to detect parameter jumps of structural changes from behavioural responses in physiological control systems. Identification from short sequences of transient responses. Instrumentation: Applications of electro-optics and image processing to the tracking of binocular eye movements and head movements in 3-D. Trade-offs between spatial and time resolution relying on data reconstruction after non-linear transformations (e.g. A/D) of noisy data.
Dr. Jack W. Judy, Ph.D.
Department of Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering Interdepartmental Program
University of California, Los Angeles
6731E Boelter Hall
420 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1594
jack.judy AT ucla.edu
Dr. Judy’s laboratory employs a wide array of engineering technologies to advance understanding of the nervous system and the treatment of neurological disorders. Custom-made micro-electro- mechanical-system (MEMS) designs have been employed by his lab to yield devices that facilitate DBS studies in rodent models, will enable patch-clamp studies with microfluidics, and can prevent hydrocephalus ventricular catheters from being occluded. Custom-made integrated-circuit (IC) designs have been used to amplify and filter neural signals with an adjustable gain and over an adjustable bandwidth. Combining these ICs with commercial wireless-sensor- network technology, which must be adapted to neuroengineering applications, has enabled miniature neural telemetry platforms with the computational power to perform spike identification and sorting and with the communication capability to relay this information to a remote archive server. Catheter-based microcoils have also been developed that enable 20-um-resolution MRI images to be obtained and could be integrated with micromachined electrodes that do not generate large magnetic-susceptibility artifacts — a combination that makes it possible to simultaneously image and record from the same tissue. Other projects use exisiting technologies to develop reliable brain-machine interfaces (BMI), provide scalable sensory feedback for BMIs, map the spatio-temporal maps of neural activation in the spinal cord, and develop a system for restoring ocular motility after a lesion of the sixth cranial nerve.
Daryl R. Kipke, Ph.D.
Department of Biomedical Engineering
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan USA
dkipke AT umich.edu
Professor Kipke’s research program is centered in neural engineering, a sub-discipline of biomedical engineering that focuses on neuroscience, neurosurgery, and neurology. This is an exciting research area that is driven on one side by steady advances in diverse technologies (e.g., MEMS, nanotechnology, materials science, and signal processing) and on the other side by steady advances in cellular and molecular biology, functional genomics, and systems neuroscience. Professor Kipke’s Neural Engineering Laboratory (NEL) is working on a portfolio of research projects that involve four major aspects of neural engineering: (1) BioMEMS technologies for basic neuroscience and neurosurgery applications, (2) cortical neural prosthetic systems , (3) biomaterials and microdevices for minimally invasive neurosurgical procedures, and (4) Human Cortical Implants.
Robert F. Kirsch, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Case Western Reserve University
Wickenden Building 115
10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106
rfk3 AT po.cwru.edu
Voice: (216) 368-3158
Fax: (216) 368-4969
MHMC voice: (216) 778-4139
Dr. Kirsch’s research focuses on the mechanics and control of human movement, basic mechanical properties, and nervous system control of movement. He studies individuals with neurological disorders such as spinal cord injury to determine how to restore movements using electrical stimulation of paralyzed muscles and/or surgical procedures such as muscle tendon transfers. Current projects are focusing on restoring shoulder movements to individuals with cervical spinal cord injuries, providing individuals with paraplegia with the ability to stand without assistance, and understanding the natural neural control of human shoulder and elbow movements. Several different methods are used to study these issues, including computer-based modeling of the human shoulder/elbow and of the human lower extremities/trunk, artificial neural networks to implement nonlinear feed-forward controller elements, and system identification to characterize the stiffness properties of the human arm.
Gerald E. Loeb, M.D.
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1112
Office Phone: 213-821-1112
Cell Phone: 213-944-2283
gloeb AT usc.edu
Dr. Loeb works on neural prosthetics – interfaces between electronic devices and the nervous system that are used to replace sensory and motor functions and correct dysfunctions in people with neurological problems. He was one of the developers of the cochlear implant now used to restore functional hearing to the deaf and continues to pursue improvements in this mature technology. His research group is now working on BIONs – BIOnic Neurons that are small enough to be injected into paralyzed muscles where they receive power and send and receive data by radio links with an external controller. In addition to developing and testing technology, Dr. Loeb has been active in basic neurophysiological studies of the sensorimotor nervous system in order to understand normal biological control. Computer models based on experimental data from muscles, motoneurons and proprioceptors are being developed to test new theories of control that may permit the reanimation of paralyzed limbs via functional electrical stimulation (FES).
Jit Muthuswamy, Ph.D.
ECG 334, P.O. Box 879709
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-9709
Ph: (480) 965 1599
jit AT asu.edu
Dr. Muthuswamy and expertise and research interests are in BioMEMS and Neural engineering. His lab is focused on developing micro- & nano-technologies to assess and modulate molecular and cellular events in neurons and neuronal networks. His specific research includes microfabricated sensors and actuators for Neurophysiology, neuropharmacology of GABA and neuronal plasticity. Dr. Muthuswamy has been funded by the NIH, Whitaker foundation, DARPA and the Arizona Biomedical Research commission to help establish a strong research program in developing neural interfaces for the brain.
Justin C. Sanchez, Ph.D.
Director of the Neuroprosthetics Research Group (NRG)
Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neurology, Department of Neuroscience, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Human Development Building, HD-410
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611
jcs77 AT ufl.edu
Garrett Stanley, Ph.D.
Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Harvard University, Pierce Hall 321
29 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Office: (617) 496-5368
Lab: (617) 495-3206
Fax: (617) 495-9837
gstanley AT deas.harvard.edu
Dr. Stanley’s laboratory is committed to the integration of experimental and theoretical approaches to sensory neurophysiology. His lab bring an engineering approach to the challenging problems yet unsolved in the field of neuroscience, and, as a long-term goal, to provide the bridge to clinical applications. The general problem that his group is trying to solve is understanding how the brain encodes information about the outside world through the electrical activity of neurons. This will ultimately enable us to control neural function, and thus augment or enhance brain function lost to trauma or disease.
Ronald J. Triolo, Ph.D.
VA Rehabilitation Research Career Scientist
Associate Professor of Orthopaedics & Biomedical Engineering
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Ohio
Rehabilitation Engineering Center -or-
Hamann Building, Room 601
MetroHealth Medical Center
2500 MetroHealth Drive, Cleveland, OH 44109-1998
Phone: (216) 778-7877
Fax: (216) 778-4259
Motion Study Laboratory 151A
Cleveland FES Center
L. Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
10701 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106
Phone: (216) 791-3800 X4138
Fax: (216) 231-3433
ronald.triolo AT case.edu
Dr. Triolo’s research focuses on implantable neuroprostheses for standing and functional mobility in spinal cord injuries and development of unassisted standing by FES.
Jack Winters, Ph.D.
John P. Raynor Distinguished Chair
Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering
jack.winters at marquette.edu
Dr. Winter’s research interests are in the fields of movement science, bio-change/remodeling and human-technology interfaces: His group is actively modeling such adaptive processes using a neurofuzzy framework to create nonlinear differential equations representing bio-remodeling of tissues such as muscle and systems such as person with stroke-induced impairment. Another area of interest is how to design interfaces that provide access to information and services for the largest possible number of people, including persons with disabilities. This involves both research and development (R&D) activities, and includes intelligent agents and assistive interfaces. Key applications relate to telehealth (breaking down the barrier of distance), accessible medical instrumentation (designing optimally usable and accessible interfaces), and our UniTherapy/TheraJoy projects.