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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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November 2017 – Congratulations to ANS student Charla Lindley Howard for successfully defending her doctoral dissertation with the mentorship of Prof. Abbas: "Techniques to Assess Balance and Mobility in Lower-Limb Prosthesis Users".

November 2017 – Congratulations to ANS student Deepika Baskaran for successfully defending her MS Thesis with the mentorship of Profs. Krishnamurthi and Abbas: "Real-Time Feedback Training to Improve Gait and Posture in Parkinsonís Disease".

October 2017 – At the BMES meeting, ANS student Deepika Baskaran presents results from her research on" Real-Time Feedback Training to Improve Gait and Posture in Parkinsonís Disease".

October 2017 – At the BMES meeting, Will Langenbach and Kirsten Jefferys present results from their work with mentors and collaborators: Kelly, Abbas, Newcomb, and Tumialan" Real Time Angle Measuring Tool For Lumbar Spinal Fusion".

September 2017 – ANS Director Jimmy Abbas, along with Profs. Chris Buneo and Tom Sugar hold a panel on" Advanced prostheses: Are research directions aligned with amputee preferences?Ē, as part of the" Ethics at Twighlight" series hosted by the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics

July 2017 – Former ANS student Mu Qiao presents results from his research on" Differential Leg Joint Function During Human Running". at the annual meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics in Boulder, CO.

May 2017 – Congratulations to Ken Horch for publishing the second edition of his book: "Neuroprosthetics: Theory And Practice" by World Scientific Publishers

May 2017 – Congratulations to Kirsten Jefferys for successfully completing her MS Applied Project with the mentorship of Dr. Brian Kelly and Prof. Abbas: "Computer Modeling of the Human Spine: Focused Finite Element Analysis of the Anterior Longitudinal Ligament".

May 2017 – Congratulations to William Langenbach for successfully completing his MS Applied Project with the mentorship of Dr. Brian Kelly and Prof. Abbas: "Real-time Angle Measurement Tool for Pedicle Screw Placement".

May 2017 – Congratulations to ANS student Candice Chen for successfully completing her MS Applied Project with the mentorship of Prof. Abbas: "Developing a Feedback Control System for the Motionstim 8 Electrostimulation Device".

May 2017 – Congratulations to Vanessa Barker for successfully completing her MS Applied Project with the mentorship of Dr. Brian Kelly and Prof. Abbas: "Spinal Rod Strain Comparisons: ASTMF1717 vs. Flexibility; Cadaver vs. Worst-Case Model".

March 2017 – ANS Director Jimmy Abbas gives a presentation on" Problem-Based Learning", at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), in Ghana as part of the" Strengthening Institutional Linkages" Program that is sponsored by the MasterCard Foundation

March 2017 – ANS undergraduate student Adam Pak presents results from his research on" Rupture Characteristics of Elastically Stretchable Microcracked Gold Conductors for Stretchable Microelectrode Array Applications". at the Materials Research Society Spring Meeting in Phoenix, AZ.

February 2017 – ANS collaborators Drs. Abdelghani, Jung and Horch Ė along with ANS Director Jimmy Abbas - are granted two US Patents on" Neural Interface Activity Simulator" and" Systems and Methods for Decoding Intended Motor Commands from Recorded Neural Signals for the Control of External Devices or to Interact in Virtual Environments"

December 2016 – Congratulations to ANS student Raj Ahir for successfully completing his MS Applied Project with the mentorship of Prof. Krishnamurthi and Prof. Abbas:" Determining Spatiotemporal Gait Parameters Using a Single Inertial Sensor: Application to Parkinsonís Disease".

December 2016 – Congratulations to Derek Titus for successfully completing his MS Applied Project with the mentorship of Prof. Abbas, Prof. Smith and Prof. Frow:" Engineering Design and Economic Analysis of Integrating Solar Distillation into Salt Mines of the Mediterranean Sea".

November 2016 – ANS Director Jimmy Abbas gives a presentation on" Adaptive closed-loop neuromotor control after spinal cord injury", at The Cuban Neuroscience Center (CNEURO) in Havana, Cuba

August 2016 – ANS collaborators S. Kuntaegowdanahalli, R. Jung, and K. Horch Ė along with ANS Director Jimmy Abbas - are granted a US Patent on" Modular Multi-Channel Inline Connector System"

December 2016 – Congratulations to ANS student Raj Ahir for successfully completing his MS Applied Project with the mentorship of Prof. Krishnamurthi and Prof. Abbas: "Determining Spatiotemporal Gait Parameters Using a Single Inertial Sensor: Application to Parkinsonís Disease".

December 2016 – Congratulations to Derek Titus for successfully completing his MS Applied Project with the mentorship of Prof. Abbas, Prof. Smith and Prof. Frow: "Engineering Design and Economic Analysis of Integrating Solar Distillation into Salt Mines of the Mediterranean Sea".

November 2016 – ANS Director Jimmy Abbas gives a presentation on" Adaptive closed-loop neuromotor control after spinal cord injury", at The Cuban Neuroscience Center (CNEURO) in Havana, Cuba

August 2016 – ANS collaborators S. Kuntaegowdanahalli, R. Jung, and K. Horch Ė along with ANS Director Jimmy Abbas - are granted a US Patent on" Modular Multi-Channel Inline Connector System"

July 2016 – Drs. Jimmy Abbas, Vin Pizziconi and Mark Hendeson host a workshop on" Adventures in Humanitarian Engineering", for the ASU cadre of fellows of the Mandela Washington Fellows Program

May 2016 – Congratulations to ANS student Payton Herrera for successfully completing her MS Applied Project with the mentorship of Prof. Krishnamurthi and Prof. Abbas: "Effects of Split-Belt Treadmill Training on Gait in People with Parkinsonís Disease".

May 2016 – Congratulations to ANS student Cole Brown for successfully completing his MS Applied Project with the mentorship of Dr. Kelly and Prof. Abbas: "Real-time Virtual Simulation of In Vitro Spinal Movements Using a Multi-Axis Robotic Testing System".

May 2016 – Congratulations to ANS student Diana Tran for successfully completing her MS Applied Project with the mentorship of Prof. Abbas and Dr. Graudejus: "An Apparatus for Automated, Feedback-Controlled Testing of Wearable Shear Force Sensors".

May 2016 – Congratulations to ANS undergraduate student Thanh Nguyen for successfully completing her FURI Project with the mentorship of Drs. Abbas and Graudejus.

May 2016 – Prof. Krishnamurthi gives a presentation on" Effects of Split-Belt Treadmill Training on Gait in People with Parkinson's Disease", at the annual meeting of the American Society of Neurorehabilitation in San Diego, CA

May 2016 – ANS Director Jimmy Abbas gives a presentation on" Neurotechnology and Interactive Rehabilitation for Sensorimotor Restoration", at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv, Israel

May 2016 – Prof. Krishnamurthi gives a presentation on" Real-time Feedback Improves Gait and Posture in Parkinsonís Disease", at the World Congress for Neurorehabilitation in Philadelphia, PA

March 2016 – ANS undergraduate student Adam Pak presents results from his research on" Angle-Dependent Rupture Strain of Elastically Stretchable Microcracked Gold Conductors for Stretchable Microelectrode Array Applications". at the Materials Research Society Spring Meeting in Phoenix, AZ.

March 2016 – ANS undergraduate student Thanh Nguyen presents results from her research on" Resistance Changes and Shear Forces upon Bending in Stretchable Interconnects". at the Materials Research Society Spring Meeting in Phoenix, AZ.

March 2016 – ANS student Shruthi Balasubramanian presents results of her research on" Characterization of balance control through dynamic posture shifts". at the Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference in Shreveport, LA

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 ".

May 2015 – Congratulations to Saaransh Jain for successfully defending his MS Thesis with mentorship from Prof. Abbas, Prof. LaBelle, and Dr. Marc Jacofsky: "Validation and standardization of the biomechanical testing procedure of modern olecranon plates".

May 2015 – Congratulations to ANS undergraduate student Adam Pak for successfully completing her FURI Project with the mentorship of Drs. Abbas and Graudejus.

May 2015 – Congratulations to ANS undergraduate student Thanh Nguyen for successfully completing her FURI Project with the mentorship of Drs. Abbas and Graudejus.

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 – ANS Director Jimmy Abbas gives a presentation on" Spinal cord injury research: Emerging technologies to promote recovery, enhance function and improve health after SCI" at the the Barrow Spinal Cord Injury Symposium at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix

March 2015 – Sharon Crook and Brian Smith organize a workshop on" Large-scale modeling of olfactory processing" at the NIMBioS at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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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