Advanced Technology for Clinicians Meeting in Venice

Brian Litt, MD and the Neuroscience School of Advanced Studies (NSAS) will be hosting a 5-day workshop ‘Epilepsy: Advanced Technology for Clinicians’ on the Island of San Servolo in Venice, Italy from October 5-10, 2018.

In this workshop, world clinician-experts in engineering, neuroscience and clinical neurology present the latest tools for state-of-the-art epilepsy care and present cases to demonstrate their use. By the end of the workshop attendees will learn how to apply: (1) the newest imaging and electrophysiology techniques to map brain structure and function, (2) novel tools to link imaging with intracranial electrodes, (3) new surgical techniques for focal therapy including laser, radiofrequency ablation and focused ultrasound, and (4) the newest implantable antiepileptic devices.

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Presenting Faculty :

Mark Cook, University of Melbourne, Australia

Gregory A. Worrell, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA

John Duncan, UCL, London, UK

Matthias Koepp, UCL, London, UK

Robert Gross, Emory University, Atlanta, USA

Timothy Lucas, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

Kathryn Davis, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

Brian Litt, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA


Brian Litt, MD Keynote Speaker at 2018 Gordan Research Seminar

Dr. Brian Litt has been invited as keynote speaker to the 2018 Gordon Research Seminar ‘Insights Into Mechanisms and Therapies for Epilepsy’ in West Dover, Vermont.

The topic of this year’s Keynote Session is “Translating New Technology in Epilepsy” and Dr. Litt’s talk is titled “Network Models to Guide Epilepsy Surgery”.

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Penn Health Tech

Funding for Medical Device Development

Penn Health-Tech Call for Medical Device Development Projects

Applications are now being accepted by Penn Health-Tech and the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation for funding to support medical device development projects that address unmet clinical needs.

Possible project proposals may include:

  • Neurodevices: monitoring and therapeutics
  • Delivery platforms: drug and gene therapy
  • Connected health: sensors, AI/ML, devices, and systems

Projects that cross departments, schools, and promote sharing expertise are strongly encouraged.

Selected teams will receive:

  • Funding of up to $50,000
  • Project support
  • Access to experts

Proposals must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Sunday, September 16, 2018.

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Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Flavia Vitale Awarded McCabe Fellow Award

Perelman School of MedicineDr. Flavia Vitale has been awarded the McCabe Fellow Award on July 13, 2018.The McCabe awards were established in 1969 by a generous gift from Mr. Thomas B. McCabe and Mrs. Jeannette E. Laws McCabe to the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM). The purpose of this gift is to support junior faculty who initiate fresh and innovative biomedical and surgical research projects.

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Flavia Vitale

Dr. Flavia Vitale Appointment to Assistant Professor

Flavia Vitale

Dr. Flavia Vitale has been appointed as Assistant Professor within the Department of Neurology and the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) at The University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Vitale is a core collaborator in the Litt Lab with research focused on nanofabrication and development of novel bioelectronic devices for recording and neuromodulation in the brain.

Visit the Vitale Lab website here.

Dr. Shawniqua Williams New Appointment to Assistant Professor

Dr. Shawniqua Williams

Dr. Shawniqua Williams

Dr. Shawniqua Williams has accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at Vanderbilt University. She will also be joining the ICU Delirium and Cognitive Impairment Study Group.

Visit the Vanderbilt Department of Neurology website:

Visit the ICU Delirium and Cognitive Impairment Study Group website:

Brendan Murphy Awarded 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship

Brendan Murphy

Bioengineering PhD student Brendan Murphy has been awarded a 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship. The GRFP promotes vitality and diversity in the scientific and engineering workforce by recognizing and supporting outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees.

Dr. Kathryn Davis awarded 2018 Dreifuss-Penry Epilepsy Award


Dr. Kathryn Davis, co-founder of the CNT was awarded the Dreifuss-Penry Epilepsy Award at the 2018 American Academy of Neurology’s Annual Meeting. The award recognizes physician-scientists in the early stages of their career for their contribution to epilepsy research.

Nicolette Driscoll – Fall 2017 Presentations

Nicolette Driscoll

Nicolette Driscoll (Nicki) made 2 important presentations in the fall of 2017.

She presented “Transparent graphene electrodes for chronic in vivo optical and electrophysiological recording” at the 2017 Biomedical Engineering Society Conference in Phoenix, October 2017 (featured in accompanying photo).

Nicki’s work on “2D Ti3C2 MXenes for high-resolution neural interfaces” was selected for oral presentation at the Symposium on Materials Design for Neural Interfaces, 2017 Materials Research Society Meeting in Boston, November 2017.