Summer Course 2017

The application window is now closed. Decisions will be released by March 28, 2017 at the latest.

Questions about the Course or its costs? Check out our FAQ Page!

NIH-SPONSORED SHORT COURSE IN ADAPTIVE NEUROTECHNOLOGIES

Albany, New York, July 10-28, 2017

We are now accepting applications for the second Summer School in Adaptive Neurotechnologies. This comprehensive three-week Short Course is funded by NIH. The 24 successful applicants will receive full support for tuition, room and board, and a stipend for travel.

Adaptive Neurotechnologies

The rapidly growing field of adaptive neurotechnologies applies recent advances in neuroscience and engineering to establish real-time adaptive interactions with the nervous system that enable new scientific understanding and generate new therapeutic and diagnostic methods. Examples include brain-computer interfaces, deep brain stimulation, and operant conditioning of spinal reflexes. The realization of these technologies involves neuroscience, biomedical engineering, signal processing, mathematics, computer science, and clinical and commercial domains. Thus, their development and dissemination require leaders with knowledge and expertise that span all these disciplines.

The Goal of this Short Course

This course will provide a select group of scientists, engineers, and clinicians with the multidisciplinary knowledge and expertise needed to guide the development of new adaptive neurotechnologies from conception through laboratory and clinical evaluation to dissemination and use for important scientific or clinical purposes. The goal is to create the next generation of leaders in this burgeoning new field.

The course combines lectures, hands-on training, and integrative experiences. The first week provides a series of topical lectures stressing basic principles. They address: neuroscience (neuroanatomy and physiology with emphasis on sensorimotor function); engineering (signal acquisition and processing, hardware and software); and theory and application of adaptive neurotechnologies (for restoring, replacing, enhancing, supplementing, or improving nervous system function). The second week provides practical demonstrations and hands-on training in the design and realization of representative adaptive neurotechnologies. The final week is devoted to clinical translation (target populations, clinical trials); commercialization (regulation, intellectual property, funding); ethical/legal issues; and case studies of adaptive neurotechnology development.

What will the Course Participants Gain?

  • Comprehensive grasp of the basic theory and practice of adaptive neurotechnologies.
  • Understanding of the scientific and clinical potential of these technologies.
  • Access to a distinguished network of potential mentors and collaborators.

Who is eligible?

  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents; others who are students or staff at U.S. institutions.
  • Full-time availability July 10-28, 2017.

Who should apply?

Early to mid-career scientists, engineers, or clinicians (e.g., junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows, clinical residents or fellows, advanced graduate or medical students).


Application Instructions

The application window for the 2017 Summer Course in Adaptive Neurotechnologies is now closed. Applicants will be notified by March 28, 2017 as to their acceptance. Accepted applicants will need to provide a $200 deposit by March 31, 2017 to hold their place in the course. This deposit will be refunded at the end of the course.

If you have any questions, please check out our FAQ Page or send an email to summercourse@neurotechcenter.org.

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