Dr. Richard Normann
Department of Bioengineering University of Utah October 29 – WEB 1250 – 3:05 p.m.

“New Neuroprosthetic Approaches to Disorders of the Nervous System”
ABSTRACT: The development of new devices for interfacing to the central and peripheral nervous systems has greatly accelerated over the past two decades and many laboratories have begun to work in the emerging field of neural engineering. As these new devices have evolved, researchers have begun to explore their use as new therapeutic approaches to a number of nervous system disorders. I will review some of these new interface technologies and discuss a number of their potential applications: restoration of sight to the profoundly blind, control of external devices by volitional thought, restoration of stance and control of bladder function for paralyzed individuals. _______________________
Biography of Richard Normann Richard Normann, Ph.D. is a Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering and Ophthalmology at the University of Utah where he conducts research on sensory encoding and information processing by neural ensembles in the vertebrate central and peripheral nervous systems. He is the inventor of the Utah Electrode Array technologies and other high-electrode-count microelectrode arrays that can be used for basic and applied research in emerging field of neuroprosthetics. His current research interests are the cortically based restoration of vision in those with profound blindness, and peripheral nerve interventions for the restoration of stance, for the volitional control of external devices in individuals with paralysis or who have undergone limb amputation and bladder control in those who have lost this function. normann@utah.edu

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