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.

Call for Abstracts: Minnesota Neuromodulation Symposium April 16-17, 2015. Abstracts due March 2, 2015 More

Call for 24 graduate-level volunteers
Cleveland Neural Engineering Workshop
June 2015

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

December 19, 2014 CANCELED
NEC Seminar

9:00am, Wickenden 322
Speaker: Jingle Jiang

December 12, 2014
Neural Prosthesis Seminar

8:30am, Biometrics Research Building 105
Speaker: Mario Romero-Ortega, PhD

December 12, 2014
Neurology Grand Rounds

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM, Kulas Auditorium
“Deep Brain Stimulation”
Jens Volkmann, MD, PhD
Chairman, Department of Neurology
Julius-Maximilians-University, Würzburg, Germany

December 5, 2014
NEC Seminar

9:00am, NORD 400
Speaker: Julie Murphy
Title: "Selective Nerve Stimulation to Delay the Onset of Muscle Fatigue" More

November 21, 2014
Neural Prosthesis Seminar

8:30am, Biometrics Research Building 105
Speaker: Lonnie D. Shea, PhD
Title: "Biomaterial Bridges and Delivery Systems in CNS Repair"

November 14, 2014
Neuroscience 2014 Satellite Symposium
8:00 am-5:00 pm on Friday, November 14, 2014
Georgetown Rm, Marriott Marquis, Washington, DC
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November 7, 2014: NEC seminar
9:00am, Nord 400

Speaker: John Hermann
Title: Systemic Inhibition of Immune Pathways to Improve BMIs
Advisor: Prof. Capadona
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October 31, 2014: NEC seminar
9:00am, Nord 400

Speaker: Jessica Nguyen
Title: A Materials Approach to Reduce Inflammation at the Neural Interface
Advisor: Dr. Capadona
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October 3, 2014: NEC seminar
9:00am, Nord 400

Speaker: Elizabeth Heald
Title: Below-injury muscle activity in SCI: the challenges and possibilities.
Advisor: Prof. Peckham
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October 10, 2014: NEC seminar
9:00am, Nord 400

The NEC seminar will be presentations by student who will be giving presentations at the upcoming BMES meeting.

October 17, 2014: Neural Prosthesis Seminar
8:00am, Kulas Auditorium

Speaker: Nadar Pouratian, MD PhD
Title: Towards Multimodality Connectivity Based Neuromodulation
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October 10, 2014: NEC seminar
9:00am, Nord 400

The NEC seminar will be presentations by student who will be giving presentations at the upcoming BMES meeting.

October 24-25, 2014: Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Association (ORA) Annual Meeting
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Neural Prosthesis Seminar Series 2014-2015 brochure here.

10-17-2014: NP Seminar 8:00 a.m.
Speaker: Dr. Nader Pouratian
Assistant Professor, UCLA Dept. of Neurosurgery
Location: Kulas Auditorium University Hospitals
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9-19-2014: NP Seminar 8:30 a.m.
Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey Capadona
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Title: "Biologically 'Inspired' Approaches to Enable Next-Generation Intracortical Microelectrodes"
Location: BRB 105.
More information | Download flyer.

9-11-2014: Neurosciences Seminar 12:10 p.m.
Dr. Cameron McIntyre
"From Biophysics to Clinical Practice: Scientific Development of DBS Technology"
Location: BRB 105
Host: Dr. Richard Zigmond

8-22-2014: NEC Friday Seminar Series 9:00am
Nord 400. The following presentations:

Speaker: Kelsey Aamoth
Title: Portable Stimulation System with Enhanced Memory to Record Continuous Data
Advisor: Dr. Ken Gustafson

Speaker: Santiago Guerra Nieto
Title: Interfacing FES bike for patients with implanted stimulation systems
Advisor: Dr. Ronald Triolo

Speaker: Maria Lesieutre
Title: A Hybrid Neuromechanical Ambulatory Assist System
Adviser: Dr. Ronald Triolo

Speaker: Nicholas Schindler
Title: Synthesizing PLA-PEG Nanoparticles with a Fluidic Nanoprecipitation System for Industrial Scale Up
Advisor: Dr. Erin Lavik

Speaker: Remy Niman
Title: Designing an Ankle Moment Transducer for Intraoperative Testing.
Adviser: Dr. Ronald Triolo

Speaker: Benjamin Nudelman
Title: Development of Trunk and Lower Extremity Musculoskeletal Models
Advisor: Dr. Musa Audu

Speaker: Nishant Uppal
Title: Evaluating the viability and efficacy of hemostatic nanoparticles in porcine liver injury models: interpreting and analyzing surgical data
Bench Mentor: DaShawn Hickman
PI: Dr. Erin Lavik

8-15-2014: NEC Friday Seminar 9:00am
Speaker: Emily Graczyk
Title: "Sense of proprioception resulting from peripheral nerve stimulation in limb loss subjects"
Advisor: Dustin Tyler
Location: Nord 400 More...

8-8-2014: NEC Friday Seminar 9:00am
Speaker: Chen Qiu
Title: "Propagation of Neural Activity by Endogenous Electrical Field"
Advisor: Dominique Durand
Location: Nord 400 More...

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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