IUCRC BRAIN

The Building Reliable Advances and Innovation in Neurotechnology (BRAIN) Center is an Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC) funded by the US National Science Foundation and co-located at the University of Houston (UH) and Arizona State University (ASU). The Mission of the BRAIN Center is to develop safe, effective and affordable personalized neurotechnologies for diagnostics, restoration, enhancement, and rehabilitation of sensory, motor, affective and cognitive functions.

The I2MTC and the BRAIN Center have partnered to offer conference participants a full day Workshop on Innovations in Instrumentation and Measurement in Neurotechnology on May 17, 2018.  An exhibit booth showcasing innovative BRAIN neurotechnologies will provide opportunities to discuss the technology and talk to academic researchers and industry partners.

The BRAIN workshop will include an Open Session in which Dr. Dmitri Perkins, Program Director of the IUCRC Program at the National Science Foundation (NSF), will discuss funding opportunities for new IUCRCs and how universities and industry can join an existing IUCRC. Dr. Perkins will also review existing IUCRCs that focus on Instrumentation and Measurement Technology. 
 
BRAIN Center Directors Drs. Jose L Contreras-Vidal (UH) and Marco Santello (ASU) will follow-up with an overview of the IUCRC BRAIN focusing on neurotechnology. The open part of the meeting will conclude with a Q&A session.

The BRAIN workshop also includes closed sessions, where BRAIN researchers and industry representatives will discuss the portfolio of R&D projects in both oral and poster presentations. These presentations include overviews of the state-of-the-art, challenges and opportunities, and potential solutions. It provides a forum for advancing and transforming the field of medical devices and tools for discovery in neuroscience and neural engineering.

Distinguished IUCRC BRAIN Speaker:  Kimberly Kontson, Ph.D., Biomedical Research Fellow at the Human-Device Interaction Laboratory, Division of Biomedical Physics, Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories, Center for Devices and Radiological Health at the US Food and Drug Administration will give the invited talk "Advancing regulatory science to facilitate medical device evaluation: collaboration methods and funding sources”.

IMPORTANT: Attendance to the closed sessions of the BRAIN Workshop requires signing a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) given the proprietary and transformative nature of the research that will be presented at the meeting. The NDA can be signed at the conference registration booth.