Toward Replacement Parts for the Brain: Intracranial Implantation of Hardware Models of Neural Cir

Mon, 12 Jul 1999 09:05:53 -0400

From: "Dennis L. Glanzman" <>

August 12-14, 1999, Willard Inter-Continental Hotel, Washington, DC

The National Institute of Mental Health, NIH, and The Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering

Toward Replacement Parts for the Brain: Intracranial Implantation of Hardware Models of Neural Circuitry

This conference will bring together leading researchers throughout the country for a focus on one of the newest frontiers of neuroscientific and bioengineering research: the intracranial implantation of computer chip models of brain circuitry as neural prosthetics to replace damaged or dysfunctional brain tissue. In considering the development of "replacement parts for the brain," speakers will address recent advances in (i) biologically realistic mathematical models of brain or spinal cord function, (ii) silicon- and/or photonics-based computational devices which incorporate those models, and (iii) "neuron-silicon interface" devices, i.e., micron-scale multi-site electrode arrays to provide bi-directional communication between the computational element and functioning neuronal tissue. The conference is intended to synergize interdisciplinary research in the neural, engineering, and biomedical sciences.

Session Titles Include: Neural Prosthetics for Sensory Transduction, Hardware Implementations of Neural Networks, The Neuron-Silicon Interface, Neuron Population Dynamics and Information Coding in the Nervous System, Adaptive Implant Technology and Implant-Based Rehabilitation, and, The "Business" of Neural Prosthesis and Neural Engineering Technologies.

Further information and conference agenda at:

For advanced registration please contact Mr. Matt Burdetsky at Capital Meeting Planning, c/o NIMH Conference on Replacement Parts for the Brain, 3222 Dye Drive, Falls Church, VA 22042 Telephone: 703.207.1703 Fax: 703.207.1704 E-mail: