SEMINAR: Brain-Machine Interfaces for Epilepsy, Sleep, and Movement Analysis

Sridhar Sunderam, Ph.D.
When Mar 20, 2019
from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
Where Vogt Bldg., RM 311
Contact Name
Contact Phone 852-7485
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SEMINAR: A brain-machine interface (or BMI) is any device that bypasses normal neural pathways to enable direct communication between the brain and the environment. While commonly thought of as devices that assist movement in conditions like stroke and spinal cord injury, BMI applications now cover a range of neural disorders including epilepsy, sleep, and Parkinson’s disease. In this talk, the speaker will recount a personal journey on the frontlines and sidelines of the field of neural engineering that has involved, at every turn, the design and application of a BMI in a unique problem domain: seizure control in epilepsy; recovery of motor function in spinal cord injury; and sleep quality improvement in both epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease.

SPEAKER: Sridhar Sunderam is an Associate Professor in the F. Joseph Halcomb III, MD, Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Kentucky. His research concerns the use of brain-machine interfaces to model, track and modulate the dynamics of brain rhythms. After completing his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Kansas, Sridhar has spent about twenty years working in small business and academic sectors on neurotechnologies for treating disorders such as epilepsy and spinal cord injury. He is a former Epilepsy Foundation Fellow and regularly serves on grant review panels for the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation.

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