Connecting Neurons...

May 26:

Justin Ruths '04

DH 1064 4 pm

Optimal Control of an Epileptic Neural Population Model

In this talk, I will present the model and a formulation of the seizure abatement goal expressed as an optimal control problem. I will show several results including a realistic, noise-driven simulation where the control is applied as needed in a moving window. Finally, I will present results from our ongoing work that investigates spatially heterogenous and patient specific models and stimuli.

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Rice, BCM sign interinstitutional agreement

Rice May 13, 2015

Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine have signed an interinstitutional agreement to facilitate research and teaching collaborations between the two private schools. Baylor has world-class faculty and facilities in the areas of genomics and neuroscience, and Rice students and faculty have shown great interest in expanding research and educational programs in these areas.

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May 19:

Adam Cohen

DH 1064 4 pm

Bringing Bioelectricity to Light

This seminar will describe the use of fluorescent voltage indicators to study bioelectric phenomena throughout life, from single bacteria to human stem cell-derived neurons in models of neurodegenerative diseases.

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April 29:

Philip Troyk

DH 1064 4 pm

Technology for Implantable Neural Interfaces

This seminar will describe ongoing multi-parametric and cross-disciplinary research work within the Laboratory or Neural Prosthetic Research, at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

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New Tactic Targets Brain Tumors

Rice Apr 01, 2015

Patients who are obese, diabetic or both have the highest incidence of brain tumors, and they offer a clue that insulin is a factor for some glioblastoma patients. But a new Rice University study suggests drugs tested on such tumors targeted the wrong molecules. Amina Qutub, assistant professor of bioengineering, and graduate student Ka Wai Lin are quoted.

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Call for Applications: NSF IGERT Training Program

Rice Apr 01, 2015

We are pleased to announce a call for applications for our NSF IGERT training program in neuroengineering. This program provides two-year fellowships that support graduate student training at the interface of neuroscience and engineering. Apply by April 27.

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Carbon Nanotube Fibers Make Superior Links to Brain

Rice Mar 25, 2015

New experiments at Rice demonstrated that carbon nanotube fibers are ideal candidates for small, safe electrodes that interact with the brain’s neuronal system, according to researchers Matteo Pasquali, Flavia Vitale and Caleb Kemere.

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March 25:

Jeffrey Yau

DH 1064 4 pm

Characterizing and manipulating multisensory perceptual networks

Sensory brain areas traditionally thought to be dedicated to a single modality can exhibit multimodal responses. These responses may be evidence for crossmodal recruitment (i.e., sensory processing for inputs in a non-primary modality); however, the direct contribution of this activity to perception is unclear...

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