Conferences - Seminars

21SEP
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Abstract Retinal prostheses represent an exciting development in science, engineering, and medicine – an opportunity to create devices that exploit our knowledge of neural circuitry in order to replace or even enhance normal function. The lessons we learn in developing them may apply to many neural interfaces of the future. Existing retinal prostheses demonstrate proof ... Read more about "Toward a natural-resolution neural interface: artificial retina"
By Prof. E.J. Chichilnisky, John R. Adler Professor of Neurosurgery ...
25SEP
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  09:00-10:00 Campus Biotech H8-01-D

The talks gives a short intro with a state of the art in BCIs for grasp/ arm movement restoration. The main part will be about the detection of grasp-intention for the restoration of grasping in high spinal cord inured and present basic studies towards mulitdimensional control of the whole arm. The talk will be concluded ... Read more about "Towards non-invasive BCI-controlled hand and arm function in high spinal cord injury"
By Prof. G. R. Müller-Putz, Graz University of Technology, AT  
10OCT
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  12:15-13:15 SV 1717

Learning is thought to be mediated by changes of synaptic weights. Many physiology-based theories posit that synaptic modifications are induced by repeated and almost coincident spiking of pre- and post-synaptic neurons. At the level of behavior, learning can occur without repetitions and can link events that are separated in time by seconds. The hippocampus has ... Read more about "BMI Seminar // Learning and memory in hippocampus and cortex, a tale of two theories"
By Sandro Romani, Romani Lab, HHMI Janelia, Ashburn, Virginia, USA
15OCT
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  12:15-13:15 Campus Biotech H8-01-D

Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is a prevalent neuromodulation therapy for neuropathic painthat is refractory to conventional treatments. SCS first emerged in the 1960s as a direct clinical application of the gate control theory of pain. However, after decades of clinical use and dramatic technological improvements, SCS still achieves limited success. To help address these limited ... Read more about "Computational approaches to optimize spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain"
By Prof. Scott Lempka, University of Michigan, USA
16OCT
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  12:15-13:15 Campus Biotech, H8 Auditorium

Neural prostheses are engineered devices that record from and/or electrically stimulate excitable tissue in order to improve health outcomes. Since the introduction of the first heart pacemaker in the 1950s, there have been a number of devices approved for clinical use, resulting in a dramatic impact on the quality of life of millions of people ... Read more about "From a “jolt to the head” to the gift of hearing: taking neural prostheses to the clinic"
By Prof R. K. Shepherd PhD, FAHMS, University of Melbourne, AUS
24OCT
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Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the most common movement disorder characterized by the progressive loss of dopaminergic cells in the substantia nigra pars compacta. Accumulating evidence indicates that the interactions between genetic and environmental factors cause PD. Although several monogenic mutations linked to rare familial PD have been identified, other genetic determinants causative for sporadic PD, ... Read more about "BMI SEMINAR // Transcriptional regulation of survival of dopaminergic neurons and its implication in Parkinson’s disease"
By Emi Nagoshi, Behavioral neuroscience & neurodegeneration, Dept. Of Genetics and ...
31OCT
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Apathy is a common and debilitating negative symptom of schizophrenia and other neuropsychiatric disorders. While originally defined as an impairment of motivation, apathy has recently been defined as a quantitative reduction of goal-directed behavior. Treatment options for apathy remain very limited, in particular for patients with schizophrenia. In this talk I will present a research ... Read more about "BMI Seminar // Apathy in patients with schizophrenia - an impairment of goal-directed behavior"
By Stefan Kaiser, Clinical and Experimental Psychopathology, Dept. Of Psychiatry, University ...
14NOV
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  12:15-13:15 SV1717

The BMI-Kaloy Prize Award is given in recognition of an exceptional work in neuroscience, biology, physics, or psychology, which confirms, refutes or elucidates a theory of epistemology or the philosophy of mind. The amount of the BMI‐Kaloy Prize is US$ 10,000 Deadline for application -more info coming soon Information for Applicants Applications should consist of: ... Read more about "The BMI-Kaloy Prize 20"
By BMI-Kaloy Prize Awarardee
14NOV
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  12:15-13:15 SV 1717

It has long been suggested that failure appropriately to inhibit impulses stems from a deficit in prefrontal cortical inhibitory function. Here it will be suggested that impulsivity, which predicts the vulnerability to develop addiction to stimulant drugs as well as compulsive behaviours as observed in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and early onset Parkinson’s Disease, also stems ... Read more about "BMI SEMINAR // Impulse control: from the urge to its inhibition, a transnological approach to the vulnerability to compulsive disorders"
By David Belin, Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute, Department of Psychology ...
20NOV
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  12:15-13:15 Campus Biotech, H8 Auditorium D

I will show that continuous optogenetic stimulation of excitatory neurons in visual cortex results in strong gamma-band oscillations, and respective white-noise stimulation reveals gamma-band resonance. Correspondingly, visual stimulation with artificial or natural stimuli induces gamma-band synchronization. Gamma in visual area V4 entails gamma-rhythmic modulation of the gain of spike responses and of behavioral reaction times. ... Read more about "Rhythms for Cognition: Communication through Coherence"
By Prof Pascal Fries, Ernst Strüngmann Institute, Frankfurt, GE
18DEC
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Electroencephalography and surface electromyography are notoriously cumbersome technologies. A typical setup may involve bulky electrodes, dandling wires, and a large amplifier unit. The wide adaptation of these technologies in numerous applications has been accordingly fairly limited. Thanks to the availability of printed electronics technologies, it is now possible to dramatically simplify these techniques. Elegant electrode ... Read more about "Printed EEG and EMG electronic-tattoos for neurological applications"
By Prof Yael Hanein, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, IS