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At IFESS 2012 you will have the opportunity to participate in amazing panels and sessions featuring some of the most prominent researchers worldwide and the most relevant topics to neural prostheses.

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Sunday, September 9, 2012
TIME   Activity Chairs/Moderators Paper title
08:00-08:05   Opening Remarks  Dr. Vivian Mushahwar (Conf. Chair)  
08:05-08:10   Welcoming Address Dr. Kathryn Todd (Professor and Senior VP (Research) - Alberta Health Services)  
08:15-09:00 Keynote I IFESS 2012 Scientist of Vision Award Recipient: Dr. Michael Levin
(Tufts University)
Drs.  Vivian Mushahwar and Milos Popovic  
    Title: Endogenous Bioelectrical Controls of Growth and Form: molecular mechanisms and biomedical opportunities    
09:05-10:30 Session D1-I Electrical Stimulation and Regenerative Medicine  Dr. Rajiv Midha  
09:05-09:10   Introduction to Session    
09:10-09:25   Dr. Rajiv Midha
(University of Calgary)
  Direct nerve and transynaptic spinal cord electrical stimulation enhances axonal regeneration and target reinnervation
09:25-9:40   Mario Romero-Ortega
(University of Texas at Arlington and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center)
  Closed-loop Peripheral Nerve Interfacing Through Regenerative Multielectrode Arrays
09:40-09:55   Yury Gerasimenko
(University of California - Los Angeles)
  Multisite spinal cord stimulation to facilitate posture and locomotion
09:55-10:10   Laura Alvarado-Pacheco
Vodovnik Award Nominee

(University of Alberta)
  FES-assisted arm and leg cycling improves walking speed and regularity after spinal cord injury
10:10-10:30   Discussion    
10:30-10:45   Break     
10:45-12:15 Session D1-II New Directions Dr. Milos Popovic  
10:45-10:50   Introduction to Session    
10:50-11:05   Chet Moritz
(University of Washington - Seattle)
  Cervical intraspinal microstimulation improves forelimb motor recovery after spinal contusion injury
11:05-11:20   Robert Shepherd
(Bionic Institute and Melbourne University)
  An overview of preclinical studies for the development of a safe and effective retinal prosthesis
11:20-11:35   Patrick Pilarski
(University of Alberta)
  Towards Prediction-Based Prosthetic Control
11:35-11:50   Daniel McDonnall
(Ripple, Inc)
  Advances Toward Functional Electrical Stimulation for Treatment of Facial Paralysis
11:50-12:15   Discussion    
12:15-13:30   Lunch     
13:30-15:00 Session D1-III Neuromorphic Engineering and Circuits Dr. Ralph Etienne-Cummings  
13:30-13:35   Introduction to Session    
13:35-13:50   Kevin Mazurek
(Johns Hopkins University)
  Neuromorphic approach to a locomotion control algorithm as applied to the cat walking cycle
13:50-14:05   Zhe Hu
(Illinois Institute of Technology)
  Enhancements for the Implantable Myoelectric Sensing (IMES) System
14:05-14:20   Russell Dodd -
Vodovnik Award Nominee
(University of Alberta)
  Microelectronics for In-Vivo Neural Recording
14:20-14:35   Sung Eun Lee -
Vodovnik Award Nominee
(Seoul National University)
  A Compact Deep Brain Stimulation System for Animal Experiments
14:35-15:00   Discussion    
15:00-15:15   Break     
15:15-16:45 Plenary Session I The Path to Success of the Cochlear Prosthesis:
Dr. Robert Shepherd
(Bionic Institute and University of Melbourne)
Dr. Jay Ingram  
    Prelude:  Dr. Trina Uwiera
(Pediatric Cochlear Implant Surgeon, University of Alberta)
17:00-19:00   Opening Reception     

Monday, September 10, 2012
TIME   Activity Chairs/Moderators  
08:15-09:00 Keynote II Dr. Andres Lozano (University of Toronto) Dr. Zelma Kiss  
    Title: Electrical Stimulation to Adjust the Activity of Circuits and Networks in the Human Brain    
09:05-10:30 Session D2-I Neuromodulation Dr. Andres Lozano  /
Dr. Zelma Kiss
09:05-09:10   Introduction to Session    
09:10-09:25   Mark George (Medical University of South Carolina)   New Findings Regarding Electrical Stimulation Treatments for Depression (ECT and TMS)
09:25-09:40   Shirley Fecteau (Laval University)   TBA
09:40-09:55   Aiko Thompson (Helen Hayes Hospital)   Operant Conditioning of the Soleus H-Reflex in People with Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury and Its Effects on Locomotion
09:55-10:10   Alyssa Hindle (University of Alberta)   Changes in corticospinal excitability for a hand muscle induced by functional electrical stimulation versus somatosensory stimulation
10:10-10:30   Discussion    
10:30-10:45   Break     
10:45-12:15 Session D2-II Electrodes: At the Neural Interface Dr. Thomas Stieglitz /
Dr. Anastasia Elias
10:45-10:50   Introduction to Session    
10:50-11:05   David Martin (University of Delaware)   Direct local polymerization of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) in rat brain
11:05-11:20   Patrick Tresco (University of Utah)   A Predictive Model of the Foreign Body Response to Devices Implanted Chronically in the Central Nervous System
11:20-11:35   Jens Schoenburg (Lund University)   TBA
11:35-11:50   Anne Vanhoestenberghe (University College London)   An interconnection method for ultra-compliant electrodes
11:50-12:15   Discussion    
12:15-13:30   Lunch     
13:30-17:00 Session D2-III Free Activity in Banff National Park and Surrounding Areas    
17:00-20:00 Session D2-IV Chaired Poster Session    
  Dinner (in Conjunction with Poster Session)    

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
TIME   Activity Chairs/Moderators  
08:15-09:00 Keynote III Dr. Todd Kuiken (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University) Dr. Ming Chan  
    Title: Targeted Reinnervation: Development of a neural interface for artificial limbs    
09:05-10:30 Session D3-I Bionic Medicine and Plasticity  Dr. Todd Kuiken / Dr. Ming Chan  
09:05-09:10   Introduction to Session    
09:10-09:25   Ming Chan
(University of Alberta)
  A Novel Targeted Sensory Reinnervation Method to Enhance Feedback and Improve Function of Myoelectric Prostheses after Upper Limb Amputation
09:25-09:40   Paul Marasco
(Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center)
  An electrophysiological investigation of the neural substrates of limb movement feedback
09:40-09:55   Peter Konrad
(Vanderbilt University)
  Microneurography as a tool for testing limb prosthetics
09:55-10:10   Ephrem Zewdie -
Vodovnik Award Nominee (University of Alberta)
  Increases in the excitability of spinal inhibitory pathways from intensive locomotor training after incomplete Spinal Cord Injury
10:10-10:30   Discussion    
10:30-10:45   Break     
10:45-12:15 Session D3-II Reanimating the Limbs: Neuroprostheses and Exoskeletons Dr. Daniel Ferris / Dr. Nitin Sharma   
10:45-10:50   Introduction to Session    
10:50-11:05   Daniel Ferris
(University of Michigan)
  Incorporating feedforward control from the human nervous system into robotic exoskeletons and prostheses
11:05-11:20   Robert Kirsch
(Case Western Reserve University)
  Implanted neuroprosthesis for reanimating the arm in high tetraplegia
11:20-11:35   Ronald Triolo
(Case Western Reserve University)


Neuroprostheses for Standing, Stepping and Seated Function after Paralysis: The Emperor's New Clothes or The Wrong Trousers?
11:35-11:50   Brad Holinski -
Vodovnik Award Nominee
(University of Alberta)
  Intraspinal Microstimulation for Restoring Walking
11:50-12:15   Discussion    
12:15-13:30   Lunch     
13:30-15:00 Session D3-III Brain Machine Interfaces Dr. Anna Wang Roe Dr. Patrick Pilarski  
13:30-13:35   Introduction to Session    
13:35-13:50   Anna Wang Roe
(Vanderbilt University)
  Optical imaging of cortical networks via intracortical microstimulation
13:50-14:05   Christian Ethier
(Northwestern University)
  Auto-adaptive algorithm for FES neuroprostheses
14:05-14:20   Marissa Powers
(Drexel University)
  Volitional hind limb movement after complete spinal cord transection using cortical control of FES
14:20-14:35   Alim Louis Benabid
(Joseph Fourier University)
  Brain Machine Interface: The Clinatec Brain Driven Exoskeleton for Tetraplegic Patients
14:35-15:00   Discussion    
15:00-15:15   Break     
15:15-16:45 Plenary Session II Neural Prostheses: Lessons Learned and Future Directions    
    Dr. Alim Louis Benabid (Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble);
Dr. P. Hunter Peckham (Case Western Reserve University);
Dr. Richard Stein (University of Alberta)
Dr. Jay Ingram  
19:00-23:00   Conference Banquet and Presentation of the Bohdan V. Olijnyk Study Participant Award  

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
TIME   Activity Chairs/Moderators  
08:15-09:00 Keynote IV Dr. Daniel Bader (Southampton Univeristy and Eindhoven University of Technology) Dr. Chester Ho  
    Title: Pressure Ulcers and the Role of Neuroprostheses    
09:05-10:30 Session D4-I Pressure Ulcers and the Role of Neuroprostheses  Dr. Daniel Bader /
Dr. Chester Ho
09:05-09:10   Introduction to Session    
09:10-09:30   Amit Gefen
(Tel Aviv University)
  Pressure ulcers top-to-bottom: How can these wounds onset at a cell scale?
09:25-09:45   Cees Oomens (Eindhoven University of Technology)   The role of deformation, ischemia and reperfusion in pressure related deep tissue injury
09:45-09:55   Leandro Solis (University of Alberta)   Daily use of Intermittent Electrical Stimulation for the Prevention of Deep Tissue Injury
09:55-10:05   Alisa Ahmetovic (University of Alberta)   Clinical implementation of an intermittent electrical stimulation system, the Smart-e-Pants, for prevention of deep tissue injury in long term care, rehabilitation hospital, and acute neuro-rehabilitation settings
10:05-10:30   Discussion    
10:30-10:45   Break     
10:45-12:15 Session D4-II Secondary Complications, Exercise and Denervated Muscles  Dr. Arthur Prochazka /
Dr. David Collins
10:45-10:50   Introduction to Session  
10:45-10:50   Glen Davis (University of Sydney)   Virtual Reality Hybrid Cycling versus Outdoor Hybrid Cycling in Individuals with SCI: A Pilot Study
11:05-11:20   Euan McCaughey - Vodovnik Award Nominee (University of Glasgow  and Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit)
  Abdominal Functional Electrical Stimulation to assist ventilator weaning in tetraplegia
11:20-11:35   Liping Qi
(University of Alberta)
  Pushrim kinetics and coordination patterns of shoulder muscles during surface and incline wheelchair propulsion
11:35-11:50   Ryan Downey - Vodovnik Award Nominee (Politecnico di Milano and University of Florida)   Asynchronous Stimulation with an Electrode Array Reduces Muscle Fatigue during FES Cycling
11:50-12:15   Discussion    
12:15-13:30   Lunch     
13:30-15:00 Session D4-III Somatosensory Prostheses  Dr. Douglas Weber /
Dr. Sean Dukelow
13:30-13:35   Introduction to Session    
13:35-13:50   James Hokanson (University of Pittsburgh)   Channel Interactions during Synchronous Microstimulation with High Density Microelectrode Arrays
13:50-14:05   Kevin Otto
(Purdue University)
  Towards optimal parametric identification for electrical microstimulation of the auditory cortex
14:05-14:20   Lee Miller (Northwestern University)   Stimulus detection threshold and the interaction of multiple electrodes
14:20-14:35   Zelma Kiss (University of Calgary)   Use of thalamic stimulation to restore somatosensory perception
14:35-15:00   Discussion    
15:00-15:15   Break     
15:15-16:45 Plenary Session III The Ethics of Neural Prostheses Dr. Shaun Gray  
15:15-16:45   Ulf Gorman
(Lund University);
Dr. Philip Troyk (Illinois Institute of Technology)
16:45-17:00   Awards Ceremony and Closing Remarks     
17:00-17:30   IFESS Annual General Meeting