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.

Neuroprosthetics combines the expertise of neuroscientists, engineers, and computer scientists to restore sensory and motor functions; for example, building bionic hands for individuals with amputations and brain-machine interfaces in patients with traumatic lesions or neurological disorders. In this issue, Micera and colleagues (Shokur et al., pp. 912–937) describe how to exploit the possibility to reuse and recombine existing technologies to drive a new generation of more stable, precise, and responsive neuroprostheses than can improve upper-limb perception and movement. The cover compares the modular approach proposed by the authors to a set of simple instructions to build an artificial arm. Cover image credit: Margot Herbelin. Med, 2021, 2(8): P912-937.

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Four projects selected for the Bertarelli Foundation's Catalyst Fund

— The Catalyst [email protected] Biotech program, introduced by the Bertarelli Foundation in 2017, aims to support research on innovative treatments for nervous-system diseases. Of the four research projects selected for funding in 2021, two of them came from EPFL.

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MIPLAB contributes to new standards in spinal cord MRI

— 91 world experts, including Nawal Kinany and Dimitri Van De Ville from MIPLAB, have joined efforts to propose standardized imaging protocols for quantitative spinal cord (SC) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Their consensus methodology is published in Nature Protocols.

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DeepLabCut receives new support for growth

— Prof Mackenzie Mathis and Prof Alexander Mathis have been awarded new support to further develop DeepLabCut and establish a new DeepLabCut AI Residency Program

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Prof M. Mathis receives the FENS EJN Young Investigator Prize 2022

— The Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) and the European Journal of Neuroscience (EJN), in partnership with its publisher Wiley, have awarded their Young Investigator Prize 2022 to Prof Mackenzie Mathis.

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Swimming robot gives fresh insight into locomotion and neuroscience

— Thanks to their swimming robot modeled after a lamprey, EPFL scientists may have discovered why some vertebrates are able to retain their locomotor capabilities after a spinal cord lesion. The finding could also help improve the performance of swimming robots used for search and rescue missions and for environmental monitoring.

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Seminars and Conférences

BMI Seminar // Vanessa Ruta – Themes and Variations: Circuit mechanisms of behavioral evolution

29-09-202129-09-2021

With: Vanessa Ruta, The Rockefeller University, New York, USA
Place and room: SV 1717
Online: https://epfl.zoom.us/j/96263948305
Category: Conferences – Seminars

NeuroTech Talk series – Non-Invasive Brain Interfaces

29-09-202129-09-2021

With: Daniel Månsson, CEO of Flow Neuroscience,  Olivier Oullier, cofounder of Inclusive Brains, Quentin Soulet de Brugière, CEO and co-founder of Dreem
Online: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/neurotech-talk-series-non-invasive-brain-interfaces-tickets-166024117605
Category: Conferences – Seminars

DLN: Photovoltaic Restoration of Sight in Age-related Macular Degeneration, Prof. Daniel Palanker (Stanford)

12-10-202112-10-2021

With: Prof Daniel Palanker
Category: Conferences – Seminars

BMI Special Lecture // Patrick Aebischer – "Future of Translational Neuroscience"

12-10-202112-10-2021

With: Patrick Aebischer, BMI, SV, EPFL
Place and room: SV 1717
Online: https://epfl.zoom.us/j/64459458563?pwd=TWYxL3VENlM2TmhiYndiKy9QaHZndz09
Category: Conferences – Seminars

BMI Seminar // Erin Schuman – TBD

08-12-202108-12-2021

With: Erin Schuman, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Germany
Place and room: SV 1717
Online: https://epfl.zoom.us/j/96263948305
Category: Conferences – Seminars

NEURO SYMPOSIUM // What is memory? – Molecular, cellular and computational answers

16-02-202317-02-2023

With: Please see website
Place and room: SV 1717
Category: Conferences – Seminars