Neuroengineering is an emerging research field that aims at developing devices that could interface directly with the nervous system to restore a lost function caused by an injury or disorder. Current advances in such field provide new hope for people with disabilities in addition to those who suffer from neurological diseases. This talk will present how neuroengineering approaches are making advances in the fields of neuroprosthetics. In neuroprosthetics, state-of-the art prostheses use electromyography (EMG) signal to decode the amputee’s motor intent; however, the EMG signal does not provide accurate information on the finer characteristics of the desired movement, making them inadequate to control the sophisticated movements of modern prostheses. This talk will present our effort in developing a new technology based on the spinal cord motor neuron (motoneuron) activity. Using computational approaches, we have constructed a multi-scale, highly-realistic computational model of the spinal sensorimotor circuit under different neuromodulatory states. This model was used as a research platform to develop novel, robust motor decoder algorithms based on the motoneuron firing behavior for closed-loop control of prosthetic movement.
Dr. Sherif Elbasiouny’s Biography
Dr. Elbasiouny received the bachelor and masters degrees in biomedical engineering from Cairo University (Egypt) in 1997 and 2001, respectively, and the PhD degree in rehabilitation neuroscience from the University of Alberta (Canada) in 2007. He did a postdoctoral fellowship in cellular neuroscience at Northwestern University (USA, 2008-2012) and joined Wright State University (USA) as an Assistant Professor in 2012. He is currently an Associate Professor of neuroscience and biomedical engineering and the director of the Neuroengineering Research in the School of Medicine at Wright State University.
Dr. Elbasiouny’s research interests are in neuroengineering, neurorehabilitation, and neurodegeneration, which attracted >$3M in federal funding (NIH, NAS, DARPA, and US Air Force). Additionally, he has been the recipient of numerous honors, scholarships/fellowships, and awards. Notably, he received the Presidential Early Career Achievement Award from Wright State University (2015), the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education Faculty Excellence Award (2015), the Academy of Medicine’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Award from the School of Medicine (2017). He also received the Tim Noel Fellowship (2008-2011) jointly from the ALS Society of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health and Research, the Alberta Heritage for Medical Research scholarship (2006), and the honor degree from Cairo University (1997).
Date & Time:
Thursday, November 8, 11am to 12pm, UB1 127