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Traumatic injury or neurological diseases can significantly alter or impair the lifestyle of the afflicted individual. Driven by the needs of potential users, our engineers and scientists at the Center for Adaptive Neural Systems (ANS) are designing and developing technology to offset the effects of spinal cord injury, orthopedic injury, Parkinson's disease and cerebral palsy.
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September 2015 – ANS student Jeremey Jellish publishes the results of his MS Thesis work in the Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics with his mentors (Krishnamurthi, Abbas and Ingalls) and collaborators (Mahant, Samanta, and Ospina).

September 2015 – ANS faculty and collaborators are awarded a patent for the design of new technology for sensory interfaces: " Communication Interface for Sensory Stimulation ". R. Jung, K. Horch, J.J. Abbas, S. Phillips, B. Bakkaloglu, & S. Kim. U.S. Patent No. 9,026,224 B2, 2015.

September 2015 – Prof. Crook and collaborators are awarded a research grant from NIMH to develop " Tools for Model Discovery Validation and Selection in Neuroscience ".

September 2015 – Prof. Smith and collaborators are awarded a research grant from NIGMS to develop " Multiscale Model of Exploration-Exploitation Tradeoff: From Genes To Collective ".

April 2015 – Congratulations to ANS student Catherine Vuong Smith for successfully defending her doctoral dissertation with the mentorship of Prof. Abbas: " Feedback Paradigm for Rehabilitation of People with Parkinsonís Disease ".

April 2015 – Prof. Abbas and graduate student Amit Abraham publish a chapter on " Biomimetic Approaches to Physiological Control " in the Biomedical Engineering Handbook.

March 2015 – Dr. Graudejus presents results from a collaborative project with Dr. Abbas at the Materials Research Society.

January 2015 – ANS student Brian Hillen publishes some of the results of his doctoral work in the Journal of Neurophysiology with ANS co-authors and collaborators (Jindrich, Abbas, Yamaguchi and Jung): " Effects of spinal cord injury induced changes in muscle activation on foot drag in a computational rat ankle model ".

November 2014 – former ANS Co-Director Ranu Jung and Dieter Jaeger from Emory University lead a major international effort to develop the " Encyclopedia of Computational Neuroscience ".

November 2014 – Prof Crook publishes chapters on " NeuroML " and on " Model Reproducibility " in the Encyclopedia of Computational Neuroscience.

November 2014 – Prof Abbas publishes a chapter on " Models of Neuromuscular Control Systems " in the Encyclopedia of Computational Neuroscience.

October 2014 – At the BMES meeting, Prof. Abbas presents results from a project performed with collaborators (Poluta, Sabet Sarvastani, Velazquez-Berumen) at the World Health Organization: " Assessing feasibility of local production of medical devices in Sub-Saharan Africa ".

September 2014 – Profs. Crook and Smith host the 2014 CRCNS PI Conference in Tempe.

April 2014 – Congratulations to ANS student Shruthi Balasubramanian for successfully defending her MS Thesis with the mentorship of Prof. Krishnamurthi and Prof. Abbas: " Age-Related Changes in Balance and Gait ".

March 2014 – Prof Smith and collaborators publish " High-speed odor transduction and pulse tracking by insect olfactory receptor neurons " in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

November 2013 – Professor Abbas contributes to " 2nd WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices " in Geneva Switzerland by serving as the Programme Committee Coordinator, on the Local Organizing Committee, and as Workshop Organizer.

October 2013 – ANS student Brian Hillen publishes some of the results of his doctoral work in the Annals of the NY Academy of Sciences with ANS co-authors (Abbas and Jung): " Accelerating Locomotor Recovery After Incomplete Spinal Injury ".

April 2013 – Congratulations to ANS student Alison Conovaloff for successfully defending her doctoral dissertation with the mentorship of Prof. Abbas: " The Effects of Deep Brain Stimulation Amplitude on Motor Performance in Parkinson's Disease ".

June 2013 – Prof Smith and colleagues publish " A computational framework for understanding decision making through integration of basic learning rules " in The Journal of Neuroscience.

March 2013 – Prof Crook and collaborators publish " An Animated Introduction to Relational Databases for Many Majors " in Frontiers in Neuroinformatics.

March 2013 – ANS Director Abbas is appointed as a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

February 2013 – ANS student Brian Hillen publishes some of the results of his doctoral work in the Journal of Neural Engineering and Rehabilitation with ANS co-authors and collaborators (Yamaguchi, Abbas, and Jung): " Joint-specific changes in locomotor complexity in the absence of muscle atrophy following incomplete spinal cord injury ".

January 2013 – Michael Pack and Prof. Abbas collaborate with Prof. Glenn Gaesser from the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion and Barron Associates to evaluate new technology to monitor metabolic effort of lower limb amputees: " Rehabilitative Technologies that Monitor Metabolic Demands of Prosthetics in Lower Extremity Amputees during Rehabilitation " with support from DoD.

November 2012 – Congratulations to ANS student Mu Qiao for successfully defending her doctoral dissertation with the mentorship of Prof. Jindrich: " Behavioral Strategies for Stable Maneuvers during Locomotion".

November 2012 – Prof Krishnamurthi and ANS collaborators (Mulligan, Mahant, Samanta and Abbas) publish results of a collaborative research project in Cognitive Neurodynmics: " Deep Brain Stimulation Amplitude Alters Posture Shift Velocity in Parkinsonís Disease ".

October 2012 – ANS student Alison Conovaloff publishes some of the results of her doctoral work in the Journal of Parkinsonís Disease & Restless Legs Syndrome with her mentor (Abbas) and ANS co-authors (Krishnamurthi, Mahant, and Samanta): " The Effects of Deep Brain Stimulation Amplitude on Motor Performance in Parkinsonís Disease ".

May 2012 – ANS Director Abbas is recognized for teaching excellence by the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

May 2012 – the Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation published: “Longitudinal Performance of a Surgically Implanted Neuroprosthesis for Lower Extremity Exercise, Standing, and Transfers after Spinal Cord Injury” by Ron Triolo (Case Western) and his collaborators, including ANS Director, Jimmy Abbas

March 2012 – the work of Narayanan Krishnamurthi and his collaborators at ANS was accepted for  publication in Cognitive Neurodynamics: “Deep Brain Stimulation Amplitude Alters Posture Shift Velocity in Parkinson’s Disease”

March 2012 – ANS Director, Jimmy Abbas, contributed his ideas about “Technology for mobility in SCI ten years from now” in a paper by lead author Michael Boninger that will appear in Spinal Cord 

March 2012 – the work of Charla Lindley and her colleagues at Methodist Rehabilitation Center (Jackson, MS) was accepted for publication in Gait & Posture: "Lower Limb Preference on Goal-Oriented Tasks in Unilateral Prosthesis Users"

February 2012 – a manuscript by Oliver Graudejus and his colleagues from Princeton was accepted for publication in Scripta Materialia: “Size dependent rupture strain of elastically stretchable metal conductors”

January 2012 – a paper published by Oliver Graudejus was awarded the “Best Paper Award for 2011” by the Journal of Electronic Materials.

January 2012 – a manuscript by Oliver Graudejus and his colleagues from Princeton was accepted for publication in Advanced Functional Materials: “Encapsulating elastically stretchable neural interfaces: yield, resolution, and recording/stimulation of neural activity”

December 2011 – Oliver Graudejus gave an invited talk on “Stretchable Microelectrodes for Biomedical Applications” at Tsingua University in Beijing, China

December 2011 – “Biohybrid Systems: Nerves, Interfaces, and Machines” – a book edited by ANS Founding Co-Director, Prof. Ranu Jung – will be available.

November 2011 – Oliver Graudejus gave an invited talk on at the Materials Research Society Meeting on “Understanding the fabrication process: Keys to cost effective, reproducible, and reliable stretchable neural interfaces”

November 2011 – Cathy Vuong will present her work on ‘Transforming Clinical Rehabilitation into Interactive Multimedia at the ACM Multimedia Conference in Scottsdale, AZ.

August 2011 – Mu Qiao and Prof. Devin Jindrich presented their work on the biomechanical analysis of maneuvering and on the design of an instrumented split-belt treadmill at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics in Long Beach.

August 2011 – congratulations to ANS Alumnus Dr. Seung-Jae Kim for his appointment as Assistant Professor at California Baptist University.

July 2011 – the work of Drs. Venugopal, Hamm, Crook and Jung on regulation of persistent inward currents after spinal cord injury was accepted for publication in the Journal of Neurophysiology

July 2011 – congratulations to Dr. Narayanan Krishnamurthi for his joint appointment as Research Program Manager, Parkinson’s Research at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Center at Barrow Neurological Institute.

May 2011 – congratulations to 4 ANS students who completed their Honors Thesis at Barrett, The Honors College: Jeremy Jellish,, John Spanias, Shravan Sridhar, and Stuart Wente.

April 2011 – Prof. Abbas gave a presentation about on-going ANS projects at the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto.

January 2011 – Dr. Krishnamurthi is collaborating with Claudia Murphy from the ASU School of Dance and and Erika Driver-Dunckley from Mayo Clinic Arizona on a new project investigating a dance-based movement program for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease

January 2011 – Prof. Jindrich’s paper on “Unconstrained three dimensional reaching in Rhesus monkeys” appeared in Experimental Brain Research.

January 2011 – congratulations to Prof. Ranu Jung on her new position as Wallace H. Coulter Eminent Scholars Chair and as Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Florida International University.

November,2010 – Prof. Abbas gave an invited presentation on “Smart Hybrid Biosystems in Prosthetics and Rehabilitation” at the IEEE BioCAS meeting in Paphos, Cyprus.

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Jimmy Abbas, PhD

Jimmy Abbas, PhD
"One of the hallmarks of biological systems is the ability to adapt. In our work, we mimic neurobiological systems in order to endow technology with the ability to adapt, and we use technology to maximize adaptations in neurobiological systems. With these approaches, we aim to promote functional adaptation after disability."

Ranu Jung, PhD

Ranu Jung, PhD
"Our goal is to improve the quality of life of individuals with disabilities by designing techniques to investigate, replace and repair damaged neural systems to enhance mobility and functionality. Whether a person has spinal cord injury, limb loss or Parkinson's disease, mobility and functionality mean independence."

 

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