NEUROENGINEERING SOLUTIONS FOR RESTORING BRAIN FUNCTIONS 🗓

Sponsor: IEEE OC Section EMBS
Speaker: Dr. Michela Chiappalone of University of Genova, Genova, Italy Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genova, Italy
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Meeting Date: July 19, 2021
Time: 12 Noon
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Summary:
Neuroengineering is a multidisciplinary field at the boundaries between neuroscience and engineering. Its primary goal consists of developing instruments which allow a dialogue with a neuronal system, with a twofold perspective:

i) to deepen the knowledge on the functioning of the nervous system;
ii) to develop systems able to restore functions in case of disability. In our research, we exploit Neuroengineering approaches with the final goal of developing innovative technologies either for ‘replacing’ (i.e. neuroprosthetics for the brain) or for ‘retraining’ (i.e. targeted neuromodulation) brain functions in case of neurological disorders.

The results from two projects, related to the topics introduced above, will be presented:
(i) restoration of the communication between damaged neuronal assemblies in vitro;
(ii) closed-loop paradigms aimed at promoting Hebbian plasticity to repair brain functionality in vivo. Further developments and applications in the fields of neurorehabilitation and neurorobotics in humans will be briefly introduced and discussed.

Bio: M. Chiappalone obtained a PhD in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science from University of Genova – UNIGE (Italy) in 2003. In 2002 she has been visiting scholar at the Dept of Physiology, Northwestern University (Chicago, IL, USA). After a Post Doc at the University of Genova, in 2007 she joined the Neuroscience and Brain Technologies Dept at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) as a Post Doc. In 2013 she got a Researcher position in the same Institution. In 2015 she has been Visiting Professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center (Kansas City, KS, USA). From 2012 to 2015 she has been Coordinator of the FET European Project BrainBow, judged excellent. In 2017, she joined the Rehab Technologies Lab of IIT.

Since March 2021, she has been appointed as Associate Professor of Bioengineering at UNIGE, conducting research activities in the field of translational neuronegineering, with a special focus on neuromodulation and neuroprosthetics. In 2021, she has been named IEEE EMBS Distinguished Lecturer. She authored 73 papers published in International Journals, more than 60 peer-reviewed contributions to International Conferences, 8 Book Chapters and gave more than 70 scientific talks at International/National Conferences and Research Institutions. She is also Editor of 2 Books.

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