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Wednesday 27 September 2023,

Join us for our last speaker series event of the semester!

In partnership with the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN), the Grand Challenge Scholars Program (GCSP) at Arizona State University (ASU) invite you to an engaging speaker series, focusing on the fourteen Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century and applying an entrepreneurial mindset. Esteemed speakers from across the nation will come to ASU to share their expertise in their field, discuss the grand challenges our world faces, and answer probing questions on what can be done.

Re-engineering Damaged Brains

Randolph J. Nudo, Ph.D

In this talk, Dr. Nudo will focus on the Grand Challenge of Reverse Engineering the Brain, under the theme of Health.

As a result of brain injury, as might occur in stroke or trauma, not only is brain tissue lost, but widespread disruption occurs in the remaining neural connections. Emerging technological approaches that re-engineer connections within the brain using novel electronic interfaces, may be able to orchestrate the rewiring of the injured brain. However, substantial technical and biological hurdles need to be overcome to bring the promise of technology-based brain repair to reality.


Randolph J. Nudo, Ph.D. is a University Distinguished Professor and Vice Chairman of Research in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, and the Marion Merrell Dow Distinguished Professor in Aging at the Kansas University Medical Center. He is also the Director of the Landon Center on Aging and the Director of the Institute for Neurological Discoveries. He is a leading authority on neuroplasticity and recovery after brain injury, and is recognized internationally for his work on the effects of physiotherapy on functional plasticity after stroke. This work has been funded by NIH for over three decades. He currently holds other grants from the Department of Defense and private foundations for his research in traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury. Dr. Nudo is the Editor-in-Chief of Neurorehabilitation & Neural Repair, a leading journal in the field of rehabilitation, and has recently served on the National Advisory Board for Medical Rehabilitation Research at NIH-NICHD. In addition to continuing fundamental research on post-stroke neuroplasticity, he and his colleagues are now developing microimplantable devices for repairing neural circuits after brain and spinal cord injury.

Re-engineering Damaged Brains
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
BioDesign B (BDB) B105, Tempe campus [map]

Refreshments in the lobby beginning at 2:30PM

Livestream also will be available!*

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