Private: “Neuroprosthetics: Devices and Potential Clinical Applications”

Dr. Richard Normann

University of Utah Bioengineering and Ophthalmology Departments

When: Monday, September 23, 2013 at 3:05 p.m.
Where: Warnock 1250


Dr. Normann will review recent technologies that are allowing us to directly talk to and listen to individual or small populations of neurons in the central and peripheral nervous systems. These devices provide unprecedented ability to directly control external devices (i.e., computers, wheel chairs, prosthetic limbs) by volitional intent (thought). He will also describe a number of applications of this technology to restore function in individual that have lost function due to disease or trauma.

Speaker Biography

Richard A. Normann, Ph.D. is a Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering and Ophthalmology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City 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 and for the control of prosthetic limbs and bladder control in those who have lost these functions.