Invited Speakers

Timothy Denison, PhD

Vice President, Research & Core Technology
Restorative Therapies Group
Medtronic, Inc.

Timothy Denison is a Technical Fellow at Medtronic PLC and Vice President of Research & Core Technology for the Restorative Therapies Group, where he helps oversee the design of next generation neural interface and algorithm technologies for the treatment of chronic neurological disease. In 2012, he was awarded membership to the Bakken Society, Medtronic’s highest technical and scientific honor, and in 2014 he was awarded the Wallin leadership award. In 2015, he was elected to the College of Fellows for the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). Timothy received an A.B. in Physics from The University of Chicago, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from MIT. He is currently in the process of completing his MBA at Booth, The University of Chicago.

Mark Hallett, MD

Chief, Human Motor Control Section
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
President, International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology

Dr. Hallett is the President of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology. He is now the Chief of the Human Motor Control Section, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. From 1976 to 1984, Dr. Hallett was the Chief of the Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. From 1984, he has been at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke where he also served as Clinical Director until July 2000. He is past President of the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine and the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society. He has served as Editor of Clinical Neurophysiology. His work mainly deals with principles of motor control and the pathophysiology of movement disorders.

Nick Langhals, PhD

Program Director for Neural Engineering, Repair and Plasticity Cluster
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Nick B. Langhals, Ph.D. serves as Program Director for Neural Engineering within the Repair and Plasticity Cluster at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). He is heavily involved in both the BRAIN Initiative as well as the SPARC program. Prior to arriving at the NIH in 2015, Dr. Langhals served as a Research Assistant Professor in the Plastic Surgery Section of the Department of Surgery and Assistant Research Scientist of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Langhals served as Co-Director of the Neuromuscular Laboratory, which has developed a regenerative peripheral nerve interface (RPNI) to extract prosthetic control signals and restore lost sensation to amputees for the control of replacement upper and lower extremity prostheses. His previous research activities have spanned in a wide range of topics including neural engineering, neuroprosthetics / neuroprostheses, neuromodulation, sensory restoration, neural decoding algorithms, brain-machine / brain-computer interfaces, and drug delivery in the brain.

Helen Mayberg, MD

Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Radiology
Dorothy Fuqua Chair in Psychiatric Neuroimaging and Therapeutics
Member, National Academy of Medicine
Emory University

Helen Mayberg, M.D. is Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Radiology and the Dorothy Fuqua Chair in Psychiatric Neuroimaging and Therapeutics at Emory University. Over the last 25 years, her multi-disciplinary depression research team has worked to integrate cutting-edge imaging strategies, quantitative behavioral and psychophysiological metrics, and experimental treatment trials to define brain-based biomarkers that can optimize treatment selection for individual patients. This work was foundational for the first studies of subcallosal cingulate deep brain stimulation for treatment resistant depression and remains the cornerstone of current studies to both refine and optimize DBS implementation and characterize network mechanisms mediating its antidepressant effects. Dr. Mayberg is a neurologist, trained at Columbia’s Neurological Institute in New York, with fellowship training in nuclear medicine at Johns Hopkins. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, among other honors, and participates in a wide variety of editorial, advisory and scientific activities across multiple fields in neuroscience.

Walter Paulus, MD, PhD

Professor of Clinical Neurophysiology
Director of the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology
University Medical Center Gottingen, Germany

W. Paulus–studied medicine at the University of Düsseldorf and was awarded the MD with his thesis on “Psychophysics of color vision deficiency”. After specialist training in neurology in Düsseldorf and a 6-month research residence at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, University College London, he was in the Department of Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology at the Alfred-Krupp Hospital and transferred then to the Neurological University Hospital in Munich with a scientific focus on human posture regulation. In 1987 he was habilitated (German professorial qualification) in neurology and clinical neurophysiology and, in 1992, was appointed Director and chair of the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology at the University Medical Centre of the University of Göttingen. In 1997 he was President of the German Society of Clinical Neurophysiology. He has been the coordinator of various research networks and was speaker of the international graduate school “Neuroplasticity: From Molecules to Systems”. At present he is Chairman of the European Chapter of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology. In 2016 he obtained the Hans-Berger Price from the German Society for Clinical Neurophysiology for his lifework on clinical neurophysiology encompassing now some 550 publications.

Nitish V. Thakor, PhD

Professor of Biomedical Eng, Electrical Eng, Neurology
Director, Neuroengineering Training Program
Johns Hopkins University
Editor in Chief, Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing

Nitish V. Thakor is the Director of the Singapore Institute for Neurotechnology (SINAPSE) at the National University of Singapore and the Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering since 2012. He has also been the Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University since 1983. Prof. Thakor’s technical expertise is in the field of Neuroengineering, where he has pioneered many technologies for brain monitoring to prosthetic arms and neuroprosthesis. He is an author of more than 328 refereed journal papers (H Index 62; I-10 Index 210), more than a dozen patents, and co-founder of 3 companies. He is currently the Editor in Chief of Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, and was the Editor in Chief of IEEE TNSRE from 2005-2011. Prof. Thakor is a recipient of a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health and a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation, and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, IEEE, Founding Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society, and Fellow of International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering. He is a recipient of the award of Technical Excellence in Neuroengineering from IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Distinguished Alumnus Award from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India, and a Centennial Medal from the University of Wisconsin School of Engineering.

William Tyler, PhD

Associate Professor
School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering
Arizona State University

Dr. Tyler is an Associate Professor at Arizona State University in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham before conducting a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University. Dr. Tyler was a National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke predoctoral and postdoctoral fellow. After completing his postdoc in 2006, he began as an Assistant Professor of Neurobiology and Bioimaging at Arizona State University, then spent a few years as an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Virginia Tech before returning to ASU.

Jerrold Vitek, MD, PhD

McKnight Professor and Chair
Department of Neurology
University of Minnesota School of Medicine

Jerrold L. Vitek is McKnight Professor and Head of the Department of Neurology at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Vitek was on faculty at the Johns Hopkins University, Emory University and Cleveland Clinic, and accepted the Chair of Neurology position at the University of Minnesota in June of 2010. He has been working for decades on the development of new applications for DBS, improving current application and advancement of functional surgery and DBS techniques for the treatment of neurological disease. He continues to see patients specializing in the diagnosis, treatment and management of movement disorders, performing electrophysiology and mapping during DBS surgery and DBS programming. Dr. Vitek is also the Director for the Center for Neuromodulation Research at the University of Minnesota and a principal investigator on numerous basic, preclinical and clinical studies investigating the pathophysiology of movement disorders, mechanisms of DBS and the application of DBS for the treatment of neurologic disorders.

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