Designed especially for neurobiologists, FluoRender is an interactive tool for multi-channel fluorescence microscopy data visualization and analysis.
Large scale visualization on the Powerwall.
BrainStimulator is a set of networks that are used in SCIRun to perform simulations of brain stimulation such as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and magnetic transcranial stimulation (TMS).
Developing software tools for science has always been a central vision of the SCI Institute.

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BIOEN 7870-001 NERG

Welcome to the Neural Engineering Research Group (NERG) course and presentation series for the 2017-2018 academic year.

NERG is moderated by Dr. Christopher Butson, PhD in the Department of Bioengineering and the Scientific Computing & Imaging (SCI) Institute.

Each student who works in a neural engineering lab (not just those taking the course) is expected to present during every academic year.
NERG usually meets every other week during the spring and fall semesters.

Email list: NERG announcements are made using the nerg_members email list which is managed by You can add yourself to this list by sending a message with the subject "subscribe nerg_members" to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. from the email address that you would like to add.


WEB 3780, Evans Conference Room at 12:25 PM-01:45 PM

Meeting Dates

Date Time Venue Talk Details 
August 29, 2017 12:25pm  WEB 3780 Introductory remarks by Dr. Butson for the 2017-2018 academic year (15 min). 
Dr. Huanan Zhang, Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering and student Frank Curry: "Nanocomposite based Implantable Antenna".
September 12, 2017 12:25pm WEB 3780 Dr. Alessandra Angelucci and Semi Ta'afua: "Feedback connections from area V2 to V1 of the visual cortex" 
September 21, 2017
12:00pm CNC 1st floor auditorium Neural Technologies Joint Neurology and NERG event. Abbott, Blackrock, Ripple, and Epitel will be present.
October 3, 2017 12:25pm WEB 3780 Greg Clark, Jake George, David Kluger; plus HAPTIX (amputee) subject.  “Restoring sensorimotor capabilities after long-term hand amputation in humans.”
October 17, 2017 12:25pm WEB 3780 Dr. Brian Mickey, Associate Professor in Psychiatry and student Katie Warthen with “Neuropeptide Y and representation of salience by nucleus accumbens in humans”.
October 24, 2017 12:25pm WEB 3780 Dr. Stefan Pulst with "Antisense oligonucleotide therapy for spinocerebellar ataxia type 2." and Post-Doc Collin Anderson "Dentate Nucleus deep cerebellar stimulation for degenerative cerebellar ataxias."
November 6, 2017
7:30pm Dr. Butson's House Practice poster session before Society for Neuroscience.
November 28, 2017 12:30pm CNC 1st floor auditorium Special Guest Lecture: Luis Lujan, PhD, Departments of Neurologic Surgery and Physiology, Biomedical Engineering, Mayo Clinic. "Electrochemical and optical techniques for understanding changes in neural activity during deep brain stimulation."
December 5, 2017 12:25pm WEB 3780 Shana Black with "Build Your Brain Without Breaking the Bank: Stimulating Neuroscience Education with The Virtual Neurophysiology Workbench", and David Hedges with "Addiction, methamphetamine, and how antioxidants may be the first line of both recovery and prevention".
January 9, 2018 12:25pm WEB 3780 Neda Nategh and Behrad Noudoost: “Toward a neuro-inspired computational vision system for robust visual processing in dynamic environments”.
January 23, 2018 12:25pm WEB 3780 North American Neuromodulation Society Movies: Dr. Michael Fishman, “Psychological Considerations in Neuromodulation” and Dr. Jonathan Carlson, “Current and Upcoming Technology in Stimulation”.
February 6, 2018 12:45pm SMBB 2650 Adam Rouse, Faculty Candidate in Bioengineering. "Brain-Computer Interfaces for the Hand: Moving Beyond Linear Models".
February 8, 2018
12:30pm WEB 3780 Special Joint NERG-ECE Seminar, Lunch will be provided.
Sohee Kim, Department of Robotics Engineering , Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, Korea.
“Polymer-based microelectrodes for brain, peripheral and retinal applications”.
February 9, 2018
11:45pm SMBB 2650 Christine Schmidt, Chair of Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida. “Biomaterials for Nerve Repair Therapies”.
February 22, 2018
12:45pm SMBB 2650 Tanuj Gulati, Faculty Candidate in Bioengineering. "Using Neural Engineering Approaches for Stroke Rehabilitation".
February 27, 2018 12:45pm SMBB 2650 Jan Kubanek, Faculty Candidate in Bioengineering. "Noninvasive Neural Interfacing and Therapies".
March 7, 2018
12:45pm SMBB 2650 Maria Dadarlat, Faculty Candidate in Bioengineering. "Engineering proprioception: learning to use artificial sensation to guide movements".
March 14, 2018 1:15pm SMBB 2650 Nathan Killian, Faculty Candidate in Bioengineering. "Neural prostheses for the visual brain."
March 16, 2018
12:00pm WEB 3780 Special Joint NERG-Biomedical Informatics Seminar
Jadin Jackson, Senior Manager of Neuro and Data Sciences at Medtronic
"Building a Scalable Data Science System for Neuroscience and Medical Device Research"
March 27, 2018 12:25pm WEB 3780 Daniel McDonnall, President of Ripple: "Myoelectric implant for improved prosthesis control"
Richard Weir, Professor at University of Colorado Denver: "Virally transfected optogenetics as the basis of a nerve interface for the control of prosthetic hands"
April 3, 2018 12:25pm WEB 3780 Student Presentations: 
Taylor Hansen: Improving Motor Control Algorithms for Robotic Prostheses
Mitch Thomas: Data Driven Approaches to Functional Neural Stimulation in a Feline Paralysis Model
Ali Eisenbeiss: A Randomized Sham-Controlled Trial of Deep Brain Stimulation of the Ventral Capsule/Ventral Striatum for Chronic Treatment-Resistant Depression
April 17, 2018 12:25pm WEB 3780 Alex Shcheglovitov with students Laura Bell and Guang Yang: "Using human iPSC-derived neurons and organoids to gain novel insights into human cortical development and disorders".


Please sign up using this Google Docs page. Add your name, topic and indicate length of talk (15 or 30 minutes) by entering your information in the appropriate column.

If you are not able to access the sign up sheet, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will add you to the list. Keep in mind that the lecture hall is reserved for ~1:15 when reserving your slot (typically 2-3 people can sign up for a given day).


A projector will be provided. However, speakers are expected to provide a laptop and VGA connector. 30 min presentations should consist of 15-25 min of slides, followed by questions. 15 min "poster" presentations should consist of a 5-10 min walk through of the poster (projected on a screen) followed by questions.