Innovative Neurotechnologies

Invited talks Session 2 – Monday 11th December – 14:00 – 17:00

Imperial College London

Non-invasive Deep Brain Stimulation via Temporal Interference of Electric Fields

Nir Grossman leads the Interventional Systems Neuroscience group at Imperial College London (ICL) and the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK-DRI). He has physics and electromagnetic engineering education, a PhD in Neuroscience (Imperial College London,) and postdoc training at MIT with Ed Boyden and Harvard with Alvaro Pascual-Leone. His research is dedicated to pioneering new neuromodulation capabilities and translating them into disease-modifying interventions for people with dementia. He is the inventor of the temporal interference (TI) brain stimulation technology, for which he was awarded the Neuromodulation Prize by Science and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Temporal interference to modulate human behavior, perspectives for stroke recovery

MGH Institute of Health Professions

Long-term results of VNS-REHAB trial and implications for the future of stroke recovery

Teresa Jacobson Kimberley, PT, PhD, FAPTA is Professor and Director of the Brain Recovery Lab, in the Department of Physical Therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA. She also serves as Director of the PhD program in Rehabilitation Science and is faculty in the Center for Neurotechnology and Neurorecovery and research staff in the Department of Neurology at Mass General Hospital, at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and Harvard Medical School. Her lab’s focus is to understand the pathophysiology of motor impairment and develop novel rehabilitation interventions for neurologic disorders. She has over 15 years experience leading clinical trials investigating novel neuromodulatory interventions in people with neurologic diseases

Korea Institute of Science and Technology

Transcranial Focused Ultrasound Neuromodulation for Stroke Recovery

Hyungmin Kim received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Seoul National University (Seoul, Korea) in 1998 and 2001, respectively. He then entered the medical industry and spent six years developing medical imaging software and surgical navigation systems at Cybermed, Inc. (Seoul, Korea). Later, he completed his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Bern (Bern, Switzerland) in 2011, while working as a research scientist at the Institute of Surgical Technology and Biomechanics (Bern, Switzerland). He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Radiology, Harvard Medical School (Boston, USA). He is currently a principal research scientist at the Bionics Research Center, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (Seoul, Korea), and a professor at the Division of Bio-Medical Science & Technology, University of Science and Technology. His current research interests are focused ultrasound, image-guided therapy, and brain-machine interface.

NeuroRestore / CHUV

Neurotechnologies for stroke rehabilitation in non-human primates

Dr Latchoumane received his MS in Physics Engineering (France, INPG; 2006) and PhD in Biomedical Engineering (Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea; 2010). He worked in system neuroscience in the field of sleep, consciousness and memory (KIST, IBS; two biggest governmental research institutes in South Korea). He then applied biomaterial, stem cell and exosome therapy for traumatic brain injury as a research scientist at the center for Regenerative Medicine, University of Georgia (GA, USA). He is currently holding the position of Head of Stroke and translational divisions at Neurorestore (CHUV/EPFL), where they develop NHP models of stroke, and validate and develop neurotechnologies for motor rehabilitation.

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Implantable and wearable systems for stroke recovery

Silvestro Micera is currently Professor of Bioelectronics at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA, Pisa, Italy) and at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Lausanne, Switzerland) where he is holding the Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Translational NeuroEngineering. He received the University degree (Laurea) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pisa, in 1996, and the Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, in 2000. From 2000 to 2009, he has been an Assistant Professor of BioRobotics at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. In 2007, he was a Visiting Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA with a Fulbright Scholarship. From 2008 to 2011 he was the Head of the Neuroprosthesis Control group and Group Leader at the Institute for Automation, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, CH. He was the recipient of the “Early Career Achievement Award” and of the “Technical Achievement Award” of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society in 2009 and 2021, respectively.

Dr. Micera’s research interests include the development of neuroprostheses based on the use of implantable neural interfaces with the central and peripheral nervous systems to restore sensory and motor function in disabled persons. In particular, he is currently involved in translational experiments for hand prosthesis control in amputees, and the restoration of vestibular function, grasping and locomotion in different neurological disorders.

He is author of more than 400 WoS peer-reviewed papers and several international patents. He is also member of several editorial boards of peer-reviewed journals in the fields of biomedical and neural engineering