Department of Biomedical Engineering


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.

Featured Alumnus
Katherine H. Polasek

Katherine PolasekBSE Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan; PhD Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University.
Currently: Asst. Professor of Engineering, Hope College in Holland, MI

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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.

Neurotechnix 2015
Lisbon, Portugal
November 16-17, 2015

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Integrative Graduate Education and Research Fellowship (IGERT)
University of Minnesota
Systems Neuroengineering

Engineering Student Trainee Opportunity:
Fluid Physics and Transport Processes Branch located at the NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC)

November 20, 2015
NEC Seminar
9:00am, NORD 400
Speaker: John Herman
Advisor: Prof. Capadona
Title: Innate Immune Inhibition to Enhance Intracortical Microelectrode Performance More

November 16, 2015
Ph.D. Dissertation Defense of Yazan Dweiri
1:00pm, Wickenden Hall - Room 105
"Extracting Voluntary Activity of Fascicular Sources within Peripheral Nerves with Cuff Electrodes"
Thesis Advisor: Dominique Durand, Ph.D. More

November 13, 2015
Neural Prosthesis Seminar

8:30am, Biomedical Research Building, Room 105
Speaker: Polina Anikeeva, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Title: Interrogating Neural Circuits with Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

November 6, 2015
NEC Seminar


October 30, 2015
NEC Seminar
9:00am, NORD 400
Speaker: Elizabeth Heald
Advisor: Prof. Peckham
Title: An Investigation of Below-Injury Myoelectric Signals in Complete SCI More

October 23, 2015
NEC Seminar
9:00am, NORD 400
Presenter: Julie Murphy
Advisor: Dr. Ron Triolo
Title: Developing Selective Stimulation Paradigms with a 16-channel C-FINE More

October 16, 2015
NEC Seminar

9:00am, NORD 400
Presenters: Tom Mortimer and Andrew Shoffstall
Title: Every Graduate of the Neural Engineering Center Should Know before leaving Case
Fun Topic: What Many Women Think Men Should Know, Especially Those Male Products of Neural Engineering Center

October 9, 2015
NEC Seminar

9:00am, NORD 400
Speaker: Luis Gonzales-Reyes
Title: GABAergic interneurons are the cellular source of the morphogen protein Sonic Hedgehog in the adult hippocampus. Anatomical, optogentic and toxicological evidence More

October 2, 2015
Neural Prosthesis Seminar

8:30am, Tinkham Veale Senior Classroom, Room 134
Speaker: D Michael Ackermann, PhD
President and CEO
Oculeve Incorporated
Title: Neurostimulation Therapy for Dry Eye & Spinning Out a Med-Tech Start-up from a University

September 25, 2015
NEC Seminar

9:00 am NORD 400
Speaker: Allison Hess-Dunning, Ph.D.
Title: Bio-inspired Systems Toward Locally-Responsive Brain Interfaces More

September 11, 2015
NEC Seminar

9:00am NORD 400
Speaker: Andrew Shoffstall, Ph.D.
Title: "Healthcare Strategy Consulting: What It Is and My Lessons Learned" More

September 4, 2015
NEC Seminar

9:00am NORD 400
Dr. Nathan Makowski: Improving walking after stroke with an implanted neuroprosthesis for hip, knee and ankle control: a case report More

August 21, 2015
NEC Seminar

9:00am NORD 400
Remy Niman: Development of an Ankle Moment Transducer for Intraoperative Testing of Nerve Cuff Electrodes
Advisor: RJ Triolo

Joonhyuk Lee: Application of a Viable Closed-Loop Sensor System in FES Cycling
Advisor: RJ Triolo

Nathan Kostick: title TBA
Advisor: DM Durand

August 14, 2015
NEC Seminar

9:00am NORD 400
Speaker: Ivana Cuberovic
Advisor: Prof. Tyler
Title: "Toward Creating a Sensation of Stereognosis in Amputees using Nerve Stimulation" More

August 13, 2015
Neuromodulation presentation

10:00 am, Wolstein 6th floor classroom
Speaker: Cora de Hemptinne, Ph.D., University of California San Francisco
Subject: Therapeutic deep brain stimulation reduces cortical phase-amplitude coupling in Parkinson's disease.

August 7, 2015
NEC Seminar

9:00am, NORD 400
Speaker: Nicholas Couturier
Advisor: Dr. Durand
Title: Sensory Stimulation for the Suppression of Seizures More

July 31, 2015
NEC Seminar

9:00am, NORD 400
Speaker: Aditya Girish
Advisor: Prof. Erin Lavik
Title: Hemostatic Nanoparticles: Applications in Blast Trauma & Maximizing Clotting Parameters More

July 24, 2015
NEC Seminar

9:00am, NORD 400
Speaker: Rajat Shivacharan
Title: Can neural activity propagate via electric fields? More

July 17, 2015
Seminar Canceled.

July 10, 2015
NEC Seminar

9:00am, NORD 400
Speaker: Hillary Bedell
Advisor: Dr. Capadona
Title: Targeting peripheral blood-derived cells to reduce inflammation at the neural interface More

June 26, 2015
No NEC Seminar

June 24, 2015
Special Lecture
1:00pm, NORD 400
Speaker: Manfred Franke
Title: Practical Point of View on Patents More

No NEC Seminars June 19, June 26, or July 3.

June 12, 2015
NEC Seminar

9:00am, NORD 400
Speaker: Emily Graczyk
Advisor: Dr. Tyler
Title: Creating tactile sensation: population coding by extraneural nerve stimulation More

June 5, 2015
NEC Seminar

9:00am, NORD 400
Speaker: Frank Willett
Advisor: Dr. Ajiboye
Title: A Feedback Control Model of Brain-Computer Interfacing More

May 29, 2015
NEC Seminar

9:00am, NORD 400
Speaker: Anna Crawford
Advisor: Dr. Ron Triolo
Title: Automatic Detection of Destabilizing Wheelchair Conditions for Modulating Actions of Neuroprostheses to Maintain Seated Posture More

May 22, 2015
NEC Seminar

9:00am, NORD 400
Speaker: Sarah Chang
Advisor: Dr. Ron Triolo
Title: Designing Orthotic Mechanisms to Control the Stand-to-Sit Maneuver for Individuals with Paraplegia More

May 15, 2015
NEC Seminar

9:00am, NORD 400
Speaker: Anisha Rastogi
Advisor: Prof. Bolu Ajiboye
Title: Role of Motor Imagery in Modulation of the Motor Cortex More

May 8, 2015: No NP Seminar

April 24, 2015: No NEC Seminar

April 20, 2015
Epilepsy Grand Rounds
8:00 AM
Frohring Auditorium, Room 105 of the Biomedical Research Building
Speaker: Nitin Tandon, MD, Associate Professor, Neurosurgery & Pediatric Surgery, University of Texas Medical School.
Topic: Windows on the Mind: Insights into Human Cognition from Intracranial Recordings
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April 17, 2015: No NEC Seminar

April 10, 2015

April 10, 2015
MAE Seminar

12:30pm, Glennan, 421
Speaker: Thomas Bulea Ph.D.
Title: Mobile Brain Imaging for Device Augmented Neurorehabilitation More

April 3, 2015
NEC Seminar

9:00am, NORD 400
Speaker: Natalie Cole
Title: Using Extracted Muscle Coordination Patterns for Motor Control More

March 27, 2015
No Seminar

March 20, 2015
Neural Prosthesis Seminar

8:30am, BRB 105
Speaker: Leo Cohen, MD
Chief, Human Cortical Physiology and Stroke Neurorehabilitation Section
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Title: “Learning, Reward and Brain Stimulation in Neurorehabilitation” More

March 6, 2015
NEC Seminar

9:00am, NORD 400
Speaker: Anneke Frankemolle
Advisor: Dr. McIntyre
Title: Improving speech quality in Parkinson’s disease patients with deep brain stimulation More

February 26, 2015
No Seminar

February 24, 2015
Ph.D. Dissertation Defense

1:00pm, Wickenden Building, Room 307
Speaker: Mingming Zhang, PhD Candidate
Advisor: Prof. Durand
Title: "Septo-temporal Patterns and Mechanisms of Neural Propagation" More

February 6, 2015
NEC Seminar

9:00am, NORD 400
Speaker: Yazan Dweiri
Advisor: Prof. Durand
Title: “Selective recording of physiological activity within peripheral nerves: Chronic study in Canine” More

January 23, 2015
NEC Seminar

9:00am, NORD 400
Speaker: Jingle Jiang
Advisor: Dr. Dawn Taylor
Title: Validation of a new noise reduction algorithm for multichannel neural recordings More

January 16, 2015
Neural Prosthesis Seminar

8:00am, Kulas Auditorium
Speaker: Philip N. Sabes, PhD
UCSF Department of Physiology
UC Berkeley/UCSF Center for Neural Engineering and Prosthetics
Title: “A Learning-Based Approach to Artificial Proprioception”

January 9, 2015
NEC Seminar

9:00am, NORD 400
Speaker: Kabilar Gunalan
Title: "Developing Tools for the Theoretical Characterization of Pathway Activation during Subthalamic Deep Brain Stimulation"
Advisor: Cameron McIntyre



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