News & Events

Sunday, July 01, 2018 - 3:45pm

Dr. Flavia Vitale has been appointed as Assistant Professor within the Department of Neurology and the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) at The University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Vitale is a core collaborator in the Litt Lab with research focused on nanofabrication and development of novel bioelectronic devices for recording and neuromodulation in the brain.

Applications are now being accepted by Penn Health-Tech and the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation for funding to support medical device development projects that address unmet clinical needs.

Possible project proposals may include:

Dr. Shawniqua Williams has accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at Vanderbilt University. She will also be joining the ICU Delirium and Cognitive Impairment Study Group. 

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Bioengineering PhD student Brendan Murphy has been awarded a 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship. The GRFP promotes vitality and diversity in the scientific and engineering workforce by recognizing and supporting outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees.

Flavia Vitale and Dr. Samantha Santacruz (UC Berkeley) organized and co-chaired a Mini-symposium on Innovative Approaches for Multimodal Neural Interfaces at the 2017 Society for Neuroscience Meeting in Washington DC. 
Flavia also presented her talk entitled, "Fluidic microdrives for minimal invasive implantation of flexible neural microelectrodes.”

Shawniqua Williams presents a Dynamic Poster Presentation, “Spatiotemporal neuronal activation patterns associated with self-paced verbal fluency utterances”

Shawniqua had been selected for a Dynamic Poster presentation at the Society for Neuroscience Meeting in Washington DC, held in November 2017. She presented her work: “Spatiotemporal neuronal activation patterns associated with self-paced verbal fluency utterances” (photo featured).

In October 2017, Flavia gave a talk entitled, "Evaluation of impedance and in vivo recording performance of extracellular matrix-coated neural microelectrodes,” at the 2017 Biomedical Engineering Society Conference, in Phoenix .
Then in December 2017, Flavia presented her work on “Design and in vivo evaluation of dynamic, flexible microelectrodes for mapping epileptic networks at high-resolution” at the 2017 American Epilepsy Society Meeting, Washington DC.

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.