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.

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Manfred Franke

Manfred FrankeMS Electrical Engineering TU-Dresden University of Technology in Germany, PhD Case Western Reserve University
Currently: Sr. Research Scientist at Oculeve Inc.

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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.

8-1-2014: NEC Friday Seminar 9:00am
Speaker: Brian Murphy
Title: "Can stereotactic depth electrodes be used to classify grasp posture and force commands for a hand neuroprosthesis?"
Advisor: Dr. Ajiboye
Location: Nord 400

7-25-2014: NEC Friday Seminar 9:00am
Speaker: Frank Willett
Title: "The Cortex as an Adaptive Controller and its implications for Brain-Machine Interfaces"
Advisors: Dr. Taylor and Dr. Ajiboye
Location: Nord 400

7-18-2014: NEC Friday Seminar 9:00am
Speaker: Kyle Tepe
Title: "Using EMG to Modulate Trunk Stimulation during Manual Wheelchair Propulsion following Spinal Cord Injury"
Advisor: Dr. Ron Triolo
Location: Nord 400

7-11-2014: There will be no NEC Friday Seminar.Speakers for the summer will be:
07-18: Kyle Tepe
07-25: Frank Willit
08-01: Chen Qui
08-08: Brian Murphy

July 2014: Prof Erin Lavik of the Neural Engineering Center at Case Western Reserve University and her colleagues have developed super-clotting balls that can stop bleeding at many sites and improve survival. The super-clotting balls can last up to two weeks as a dry powder and can be made into a solution rapidly by just adding a salt or sugar water mixture. The research has been featured on the BBC, foxnews and Popular Mechanics.

7-1-2014: Ph.D. Dissertation Defense of Daniel Tan
2:00 p.m. DeGrace Hall - Room 312. "Restoring sensation in human upper extremity amputees using chronic peripheral nerve interfaces" More...

6-30-2014: Ph.D. Dissertation Defense of Natalie Brill
12:30 p.m. Sears - Room 350. "Optimization of High Density Nerve Cuff Stimulation in Upper Extremity Nerves" More...

6-20-2014: Ph.D. Dissertation Defense of James Liao
3:00 p.m. Nord Hall, Room 400. "Evaluating Multi-Modal Brain-Computer Interfaces for Controlling Arm Movements using a Simulator of Human Reaching" More...

6-20-2014: NEC Friday Seminar 9:00am
Speaker: Meg Lashof-Sullivan
Title: "Hemostatic Nanoparticles for Treatment of Blast Trauma."
Advisor: Erin Lavik
Location: Nord 400

6-13-2014: NEC Friday Seminar 9:00am
Speaker: Nichcolas Couturier
Title: "Sensory Stimulation for the Suppression of Seizures."
Advisor: Prof. Durand
Location: Nord 400

6-6-2014: NEC Friday Seminar 9:00am
Speaker: Natalie Cole
Title: "Extracting underlying muscle coordination patterns of hand function."
Advisor: Prof. Ajiboye
Location: Nord 400

5-30-2014: NP Seminar 9:00 am
Speaker: Evon Ereifej
Title: Improving the Neural Electrode Interface by Surface Topography Modifications
Location: Nord Hall, Room 400

5-23-2014: NP Seminar 9:00 am
Speaker: Mingming Zhang
Title: The Mechanism of Neural Propagation
Location: Nord Hall, Room 400

5-22-2014: MSc Defense of Nicholas Couturier 2:00 pm, Nord 400. "Sensory Stimulation for the Suppression of Seizures"

5-19-2014: Engineering Technology to Treat Epilepsy. Speaker: Brian Litt, MD
8:00 am BRB Room 105

5-16-2014: NP Seminar 8:00 am
Speaker: Mark Tuszynski, UCSD
Location: Kulas Auditorium, UH

5-16-2014: Symposium on Nerve Regeneration and Repair. In honor of Lynn Landmesser's retirement as Chair of the Dept. of Neurosciences. Wolstein Auditorium. More...

3-11-2014: Ph.D. Defense of Kelsey A. Potter, B.S. 10:00 a.m. Nord Hall, Room 400. "Anti-oxidative approaches to improve neuronal viability surrounding implanted intracortical microelectrodes" More...

3-10-2014: PhD Defense of Kathleen Jagodnik, M.S. 1:00 p.m. Nord Hall, Room 204. "Reinforcement Learning and Feedback Control for High-Level Upper-Extremity Neuroprostheses" More...

3-06-2014: Ford Lecture.
Allen and Constance Ford Distinguished Lecture Series, featuring David Van Essen, the Alumni Endowed Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Washington University in St. Louis
3:30-4 p.m. Meeting with President Snyder, Dr. Van Essen, and Mr. Ford Office of the President, Adelbert Hall
4:30 Lecture, Auditorium, Wolstein Research Building
5:30 Reception, Atrium, Wolstein Research Building

1-17-2014: NP Seminar 8:30 am
Speaker: Michael Moffit, PhD
Title: Introduction to Boston Scientific SCS and DBS Systems: Technical Capabilities of the Systems, and What it Takes to go From Concept to Product
Location: BRB 105

12-13-2013: NEC Friday Seminar
Speaker: Dr. Doe Kumsa
Title: "Sulfuric acid medium is a viable tool to explore the underlying principles governing the Shannon safe limit for neural tissues."


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