From lab to clinic: Pathways to translational brain machine interfaces for rehabilitation

07 September 2018

University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom

Organised by Ioannis Zoulias and Orla Fannon, University of Reading, UK

This symposium aims to address the key challenges in the design and adoption of BMIs in the clinic, and highlight the pathways to success for researchers working with BMIs for rehabilitation. The meeting will explore the viewpoints of the operators (i.e clinicians) and the end users (i.e patients) of BMI technologies, focusing on the key considerations for designing BMIs that are adaptable to the variation in physiologies across disabilities, and suitable for the specific needs of end-users. The symposium will bring together patients, researchers in cutting-edge BMI technology, clinicians in rehabilitation, and experts on the physiology of motor disabilities. The primary goal is to identify the pathways for early career researchers to translate their BMI research into a clinical solution. The secondary goal is to  foster new collaborations between clinicians and researchers who are in the early stages of BMI development. We hope to facilitate the formation of long-lasting collaborations, and subsequently to an increase in widespread use of clinical BMIs for rehabilitation.

Pathways to translational brain machine interfaces for rehabilitation

The symposium will host talks by established BMI researchers, and clinicians, who will discuss the most promising BMIs for motor rehabilitation, and share their experiences in designing BMIs and transferring them to a clinical setting. A panel discussion between the audience, invited speakers, clinicians, representatives from funding bodies, patients, and academic researchers, will explore the challenges and opportunities for transferring BMIs to the clinic. The symposium is an excellent event to network with BMI experts, clinicians and other early careers researchers in BMI, and to receive valuable input on the translational potential, limitations, and advantages of your research within a clinical perspective. 

Confirmed speakers

  • Miguel Nicolelis, Duke School of Medicine Professor in Neuroscience, Duke University, North Carolina, USA
  • Dario Farina, Chair in Neurorehabilitation Engineering, Imperial College London, UK
  • Claire Guy, Principal Physiotherapist in Spinal Cord Injury, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, UK
  • Ian Daly, Lecturer of Computer Science, University of Essex, UK

Confirmed Panellists 

  • Robin Gibbons, Senior Research Associate, University College London, UK
  • Talisia Quallo, Programme Manager at the Medical Research Council
  • Matt Brown, Science Portfolio Adviser, Wellcome Trust
  • Kianoush Nazarpour, Reader in Biomedical Engineering, Newcastle University, UK