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Nicolette Driscoll presenting“Transparent graphene electrodes for chronic in vivo optical and electrophysiological recording” at the 2017 Biomedical Engineering Society Conference, Phoenix (10-2017)

Nicolette Driscoll (Nicki) made 2 important presentations in the fall of 2017.
She presented “Transparent graphene electrodes for chronic in vivo optical and electrophysiological recording” at the 2017 Biomedical Engineering Society Conference in Phoenix, October 2017 (featured in accompanying photo).

The Penn Health-Tech Center for Health, Devices, and Technology, a project that launched in May 2017, hopes to unite Penn’s strengths in medicine, engineering, business, and education to connect researchers across disciplines and provide a starting point for the creation of technologies that address urgent health care needs.

Timothy H. Lucas, II, MD, PhD, assistant professor of Neurosurgery (also director of the Translational Neuromodulation Lab in the Perelman School of Medicine and co-director of the CNT) has been awarded the 2017 Fellow in Leadership Award by Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honor society. This fellowship is awarded to three mid-career physicians nationwide who exhibit outstanding leadership in their institutions.

Dr. Flavia Vitale has developed a new class of very small, flexible electrodes that can be independently controlled after they are implanted, allowing surgeons to safely map epileptic networks in the brain with high precision. With support from CURE, Dr. Vitale will build these new devices and test them in animal models of focal epilepsy, to detect and map seizure generation and spread.

On May 2, 2017, the University of Pennsylvania will celebrate the launch of the Penn Center for Health, Devices and Technology, or Penn Health-Tech, a University-wide effort to advance Penn’s world-class breakthroughs into new devices and health technologies to meet the world’s most pressing health care needs. Marking the opening of the Center, the University will host the first in a series of regular symposia.  

D. Kacy Cullen, PhD, a CNT researcher, has been featured for his work in engineered neural networks (micro-TENNS). These innovative transplantable neural networks mimic the structure of brain pathways and offer hope for patients with damage to brain connections. Link

From Penn Medicine in the News, 09-May-2016: "Flexible electrodes have been created that dissolve harmlessly inside the brain after use. The lab of Brian Litt, MD, a professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Bioengineering, developed the new device.

From EurekAlert! 7-Dec-2015:

"Litt is a pioneer in the emerging field of neuroengineering and is praised for his research focusing on hardware development, machine learning and high-speed computing for implantable devices. He is also well known for his laboratory work translating basic science into new diagnostic and therapeutic technologies."



CNT members Danielle Bassett, PhD, Brian Litt, MD and Ankit Khambati, PhD were featured in the Penn News for their Research Using Network Science to Help Pinpoint Source of Seizures:


Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 6:30pm

Penn Neuroscience graduate students are hosting a public lecture entitled “Neuroengineering: Where Biology Meets Technology” and will feature 3 fifteen-minute TED style talks from Penn neuroscience faculty members: