The goal of the workshop is to present state-of-the-art technological advances to both the neural prosthesis and DBS communities while encouraging interaction between these two groups to develop new collaborations to create therapies for human use.
Attendance is anticipated by a diverse group of scientists, engineers, and clinicians, representing the basic and applied science aspects of neural interfaces. The integration of the Neural Prosthesis community and the DBS Consortium during this conference is expected to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and experience among groups involved in various stages of neural interface development.
The Neural Interfaces research community consists of investigators, supported by grants or contracts, who are working in areas that include functional neuromuscular/ electrical stimulation, auditory prosthesis, cortical prosthesis, neuromodulation, microelectrode array technology, brain computer/ machine interfaces and other related areas.
In addition, inclusion and showcasing of trainees is an important goal. Student poster presentations foster scientific exchange, networking, and communication among registrants, with 20 travel awards given to qualifying undergraduate, graduate or medical students, as well as postdoctoral fellows. One such interaction between student and principal investigator has resulted in the student becoming a postdoctoral fellow in the PI’s laboratory.
The general structure of the conference calls for a focus on neuromodulation for day one; days 2 and 3 feature sessions on visual prostheses, brain-machine interfaces, and epilepsy treatment as well as sessions discussing basic questions of neural plasticity and modeling of the neural interface using mathematical and experimental techniques.
The window for poster abstract submissions for NIC2012 is March 1 through May 18, 2012 (please see ‘Poster Submissions‘ link for details).
Contact for additional information:
Dr. Naomi Kleitman
NINDS +1(301) 496-1447
program on http://www.neuralinterfaces2012.com/program.htm
Additional Information: Conference Web Site.