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NeuroSchool seminar: Dr. Miguel Nicolelis

Brain-Machine Interfaces: From Basic Research to Clinical Applications

Thursday, November 3, 2022, the NeuroSchool PhD Program will invite Dr. Miguel Nicolelis (Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA) for a seminar entitled “Brain-Machine Interfaces: From Basic Research to Clinical Applications“.


Dr. Miguel Nicolelis has dedicated his career to investigating how the brains of animals in free behavior encode sensory and motor information. He proposed and demonstrated that animals and humans can use the electrical activities of their brains to control neuroprosthetic apparatus through brain-machine interfaces (BMIs). Over 25 years, Dr. Nicolelis created and perfected a new neurophysiological method known as chronic multisite, multielectrode recording. Using this approach in a variety of animal species, as well as intraoperative procedures in human patients, Dr. Nicolelis has created a new field of investigation, which aims to measure the simultaneous activity and interactions of large populations of neurons throughout the brain. During his trajectory, Dr. Nicolelis discovered several physiological principles that govern the functioning of mammalian brain circuits. The pioneering studies by Dr. Nicolelis are widely recognized for offering potential new therapies to patients suffering from neurological disorders such as severe paralysis, Parkinson’s disease, and epilepsy. Numerous neuroscience laboratories in the United States and in Europe, Asia, and Latin America have incorporated the experimental paradigms created by Dr. Nicolelis to study a variety of mammalian neural systems, and his research has influenced basic and applied research in computer science, robotics, and biomedical engineering. In this conversation, Dr. Nicolelis will talk about his findings and the fascinating perspectives of using brain-machine interfaces in restoring movement and neurorehabilitation of people with neurological disorders.

Thursday, November 3, 2022, - Online

  • 3:00 pm – Discussion among students to discuss the papers  – For Ph.D students only – online
  • 4:00 pm – Seminar – Open to all – online
  • 5:00 pm – Special discussion time with the speaker – online

📢 Ph.D. Students, register on AMETICE for your hours to be counted. Attendants get 3 hours, chairpersons 4 hours.

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Our speaker

Dr. Miguel Nicolelis Brain-Machine Interfaces: From Basic Research to Clinical Applications

Miguel Nicolelis is a physician and neuroscientist. He graduated from medical school at the University of São Paulo (Brazil), did a Ph.D. in General Physiology also at USP, and a postdoc in Physiology and Biophysics at Hahnemann University (USA). In July 2021, he received the title of Professor Emeritus at Duke University, after having been a Full Professor in the Department of Neurobiology and taught at this university from 1994 to 2021 in the departments of Neurobiology, Psychology and Neurosciences, Biomedical Engineering, Neurology, and at the School of Medicine. In addition to his teaching contribution, he founded and directed the Duke University Center for Neuroengineering for 20 years.
Dr. Nicolelis is a pioneer in the field of brain-machine interface (BMI), which allows the interaction between brain and computer. He leads studies on the neurophysiological principles of neural circuits in mammals, the development of different types of BMIs, and their application in restoring the movement in people affected by paralysis and Parkinson's disease. He has published over 220 scientific articles in multiple high-impact scientific journals, such as Nature and Science.

DR. NICOLELIS's website
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