Timothy Lucas II, MD, PhD, Named Alpha Omega Alpha Fellow in Leadership

Timothy H. Lucas, II, MD, PhD

Timothy H. Lucas, II, MD, PhD, assistant professor of Neurosurgery (also director of the Translational Neuromodulation Lab in the Perelman School of Medicine and co-director of the CNT) has been awarded the 2017 Fellow in Leadership Award by Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honor society. This fellowship is awarded to three mid-career physicians nationwide who exhibit outstanding leadership in their institutions. Alpha Omega Alpha provides one year of funding to winners as they explore creative, sustainable, and ethical modes of leadership. Penn Medicine will match Lucas’ funding award.

Clinical revenues are strained as insurance reimbursements fall, funding for grants from the National Institutes of Health are becoming more competitive, and academic positions are being depleted. Lucas hopes to identify innovative business models that can provide a viable financial future for both academic medical centers and hospitals.

Link to article: https://www.pennmedicine.org/news/news-releases/2017/july/penn-medicine-neurosurgeon-named-alpha-omega-alpha-fellow-in-leadership

Flavia Vitale, PhD, Awarded Cure Taking Flight Award for “A Tunable, Controllable Microarray for Mapping Epileptic Brain Networks”

Dr. Flavia Vitale

Dr. Flavia Vitale has developed a new class of very small, flexible electrodes that can be independently controlled after they are implanted, allowing surgeons to safely map epileptic networks in the brain with high precision. With support from CURE, Dr. Vitale will build these new devices and test them in animal models of focal epilepsy, to detect and map seizure generation and spread. If successful, this exciting new technology could precisely localize seizure networks, and allow clinicians to focally ablate or suppress them with unprecedented accuracy, exactly where they are generated.

Flexible electrodes

Next-Gen Electrodes: Proof-of-Concept Animal Study Shows That Flexible, Dissolvable Silicon Electronic Device Holds Promise for Brain Monitoring

Flexible electrodes From Penn Medicine in the News, 09-May-2016: “Flexible electrodes have been created that dissolve harmlessly inside the brain after use.” The lab of Brian Litt, MD, a professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Bioengineering, developed the new device. They hope that the electrodes could be used to pinpoint the source of epileptic seizures or monitor a patient’s recovery after surgery before dissolving away, thereby removing the need for further surgery to extract the electrodes.”

Link: https://www.pennmedicine.org/news/news-releases/2016/may/nextgen-electrodes-proofofconc

University of Pennsylvania to Celebrate Launch of Penn Center for Health, Devices and Technology

On May 2, 2017, the University of Pennsylvania will celebrate the launch of the Penn Center for Health, Devices and Technology, or Penn Health-Tech, a University-wide effort to advance Penn’s world-class breakthroughs into new devices and health technologies to meet the world’s most pressing health care needs. Marking the opening of the Center, the University will host the first in a series of regular symposia.

Penn Health-Tech was established by the Perelman School of Medicine, the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Office of the Vice Provost of Research. It is sponsored in part by a generous gift from Penn alum Jonathan Brassington.

The Penn Center for Health, Devices and Technology will be co-directed by Brian Litt, professor of neurology, neurosurgery and bioengineering in the Perelman School of Medicine, and Insup Lee, the Cecilia Fitler Moore Professor in Penn Engineering’s Department of Computer and Information Science. The Center will also be supported by Mark Turco, Penn Center for Innovation’s chief innovation and corporate outreach officer.

Visit Penn Health-Tech website: https://healthtech.upenn.edu/

Nicki Driscoll

Nicolette Driscoll Awarded 2018 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program Fellowship

Nicki DriscollBioengineering PhD student Nicolette Driscoll has been awarded a 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship. The GRFP Fellowship recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees.

AES Research Recognition Award for Clinical Science Presented to Brian Litt, MD

AES Board Member Douglas Coulter, Ph.D., presents award to Penn’s Brian Litt, M.D.

“Litt is a pioneer in the emerging field of neuroengineering and is praised for his research focusing on hardware development, machine learning and high-speed computing for implantable devices. He is also well known for his laboratory work translating basic science into new diagnostic and therapeutic technologies.”

Link to full article: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-12/aes-aa120715.php

Dr. Brian Litt’s “Engineering the Next Generation of Brain Scientists” Featured in the Reviews on Neuroengineering Issue of Neuron

New technologies to probe the nervous system are propelling innovation and discovery at blinding speed, but are our trainees prepared to maximize this power? The growing role of engineering in research, such as materials, computing, electronics, and devices, compels us to rethink neuroscience education. Core technology requirements, cross-disciplinary education, open-source resources, and experiential learning are new ways we can efficiently equip future leaders to make the next disruptive discoveries.

Link to full article: https://www.cell.com/neuron/fulltext/S0896-6273(15)00253-6