Center for Neuroprosthetics

The EPFL Center for Neuroprosthetics is an interdisciplinary research center that hosts over 220 scientists, engineers and clinicians driven by the design and implementation of innovative neurotechnologies to diagnose, treat and assist people suffering from neurological disorders and trauma.

Prof Mackenzie Mathis receives the FENS-EJN Young Investigator Prize

Congratulations to Prof Mackenzie Mathis who received this week at FENS2022 in Paris the FENS-EJN Young Investigator Prize. The prize is awarded to early career researchers in recognition of their outstanding scientific contributions to any area of neuroscience. The award is presented at the FENS Forum, where the awardees give a lecture.

Prof. Mackenzie Mathis of  EPFL, Switzerland (Measuring and modeling the sensorimotor system with machine learning), is one of the three winners. Dr Giacomo Valle, also well-known to CNP, is another recipient.

Patient with Parkinson's disease doing walking exercises in the presence of Dr. Eduardo Moraud Martin at the Walking Lab in the Nestlé building. Credit: CHUV 2021 | DEROZE Eric

Scientists decode the neural signals that encode walking in the brain

— Most patients with advanced Parkinson's disease develop disturbances of gait and balance, which severely affect their everyday mobility, independence, and quality of life. Using a last generation deep brain stimulation implant able to simultaneously stimulate and record the brain, we identified the neural activity patterns that correlate with normal and pathological gait. These results open new avenues for the development of adaptive neuromodulation therapies that can target gait deficits and prevent falls in real-time.

Antoine Madrona teamed up with Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) for his Master’s project. © 2022 EPFL / Alain Herzog

Managing variety in MRI scans can lead to better stroke diagnoses

— SUMMER SERIES – Master’s project (11). EPFL student Antoine Madrona helped develop an algorithm that, after being trained on data from many different hospitals, can improve stroke diagnosis – all while protecting patient confidentiality.

Mackenzie Mathis. Credit: EPFL

Mackenzie Mathis named Vallee Scholar

— Professor Mackenzie Mathis, a neuroscientist at EPFL, has been awarded a grant from the Vallee Foundation's Scholar Program.

Vanadium Dioxide (VO2), a compound capable of “remembering” the entire history of previous external stimuli. © POWERlab / 2022 EPFL

Researchers discover a material that can learn like the brain

— EPFL researchers have discovered that Vanadium Dioxide (VO2), a compound used in electronics, is capable of “remembering” the entire history of previous external stimuli. This is the first material to be identified as possessing this property, although there could be others.

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Brain stimulation improves motor skill learning at older age

— Non-invasive brain stimulation can restore optimal motor skill acquisition in people with diminished learning capabilities, e.g. due to age. The study was carried out by scientists at EPFL.

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Seminars and Conférences

Neuro-X seminar: Prof Robert Barry – From brain fMRI to spinal cord at 7 Tesla


With: Prof. Robert Barry
Place and room: H4-2
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"They, Robots" – Photographic Exhibition


With: Matthieu Gafsou, NCCR Robotics
Place and room: RLC G1 94.12
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BMI Seminar // Susanne Schreiber – Setting network states via the dynamics of action potential generation


With: Susanne Schreiber, Institute for Theoretical Biology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Place and room: SV 1717
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BMI Seminar // Tim Gentner – Intrinsic Geometry of a Combinatorial Sensory Neural Code for Birdsong


With: Tim Gentner, University of California, San Diego, USA
Place and room: sv1717
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BMI Seminar // Valentina Emiliani – Wave-front shaping and circuit optogenetics


With: Valentina Emiliani, Wavefront-engineering microscopy group, Vision Institute, Paris, France
Place and room: SV 1717
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BMI Seminar // Silvia Arber – Circuit solutions for programming actions


With: Silvia Arber, University of Basel
Place and room: SV 1717
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