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11/9/2015 - The IGERT Program welcomed 24 high-achieving prospective applicants from across the country to the University of Minnesota for our first annual Preview Weekend, November 5-7! The purpose of the Preview was to showcase the amazing opportunities available in neuroengineering at the U, and to encourage these outstanding students to apply for the program for Fall 2016. The visiting students heard research presentations by IGERT faculty members; toured state-of-the-art facilities on campus; networked with current students, faculty members, and representatives from local companies and graduate programs; and enjoyed an elegant dinner at the beautiful Guthrie Theater. The event was a great success, and we look forward to welcoming many of the visiting students to the U next fall!

10/16/2015 - IGERT Trainee Brad Edelman, and Associates Nessa Johnson and Abbas Sohrabpour contributed as co-first-authors to a review paper ( on systems neuroengineering published in the Medical Instrumentation Special Issue of Engineering, a general purpose journal published by Chinese Academy of Science. 15 international leaders in biomedical engineering, including IGERT Program Director Bin He and 10 national academy members, are members of the guest editorial board of the special issue.

9/23/2015 - IGERT Trainee Martha Streng has been awarded an NIH Predoctoral NRSA Fellowship for her proposal, "Neural Encoding of Errors in the Cerebellum." Martha is a 4th-year Neuroscience PhD student in the lab of Prof. Timothy Ebner. Congratulations, Martha!

8/12/2015 - IGERT Trainee Chris Cline was selected as a Finalist in the highly competitive Student Paper Competition of IEEE EMBS Annual International Conference held in Milan, Italy for his work on developing a multi-channel transcranial magnetic stimulator. His work demonstrates that a significantly enhanced spatial focally can be achieved using the multi-channel system.

7/31/2015 - IGERT Program Director Bin He received the prestigious Academic Career Achievement Award from the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS), one of the world’s largest professional societies in bioengineering. This award is given annually to an individual “For outstanding contribution and achievement in the field of Biomedical Engineering as an educator, researcher, developer, or administrator who has had a distinguished career of twenty years or more in the field of biomedical engineering.” Scientific contributions and academic achievements are major criteria for the award, which represents the highest honor for the society to recognize one of its 10,000+ members each year. Dr. He was recognized “For significant contributions to neuroengineering research and education.” 

4/6/2015 - The third annual IGERT retreat will be held on April 30th at the Bakken Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr. Andy Schwartz, Professor of Neurobiology at the University of Pittsburgh, will give the keynote lecture, "Recent progress toward a high-performance neural prosthesis." We look forward to seeing IGERT students and faculty at this event!

4/3/2015 - Congratulations to IGERT Trainee Edgar Peña for winning an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! Edgar is a 2nd-year Biomedical Engineering PhD student in the lab of Prof. Matthew Johnson. Well done, Edgar!

1/29/2015 - IGERT faculty Matt Johnson received the McKnight Land-Grant Professorship as one of eight chosen this year across the university for this highly competitive Professorship, whose major purpose is to nurture the careers of the University of Minnesota's most promising junior faculty members in order to strengthen the faculty for the future.  The program is designed to advance the careers of assistant professors who have the potential to make significant contributions to their scholarly fields.

1/22/2015 - Welcome to our newest IGERT Trainees, Corey Cruttenden (Mechanical Engineering), Mark Hamilton (Biomedical Engineering), Jake Stieger (Biomedical Engineering), and Zach Zeidler (Neuroscience)!

12/15/2014 - IGERT Associate and BME PhD student Allison Connolly successfully defended her thesis, "Advances in bidirectional deep brain stimulation interfaces." Allison was advised by Prof. Matthew Johnson. Congratulations, Allison!

11/19/2014 - Brad Edelman (IGERT Trainee, He Lab) received a BRAIN Young Investigator Award at the IEEE EMBS BRAIN Grand Challenges Conference in Washington, DC, November 13-14, for his project, "Functional Mapping of Right Hand Motor Imagery Tasks as Revealed by EEG Source Imaging"! Allison Connolly (IGERT Associate, Johnson Lab) received an honorable mention for her project, "Large-scale Monitoring and Modulation of Deep Brain Activity in Non-human Primates." Congratulations to Brad, Allison, and their advisors!

7/22/2014 - IGERT students participated in the Summer 2014 ECEPS (Exploring Careers in Engineering and Physical Sciences) daycamp, teaching high school students about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics opportunities and careers.

6/27/2014 - IGERT Associate and BME PhD student Craig Markovitz successfully defended his thesis, "Invasive and noninvasive brain stimulation strategies for the treatment of tinnitus." Craig was advised by Prof. Hubert Lim. Congratulations, Craig!

5/21/2014 - The second annual IGERT retreat was held on May 30th at the TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr. Gyorgy Buzsaki, Biggs Professor of Neural Science at New York University's Neuroscience Institute, gave the keynote lecture, "Brain Rhythms, Navigation and Memory." Students and faculty enjoyed discussions of research projects and future academic goals of the IGERT program. The program organizers look forward to seeing everyone at next year's retreat.

5/1/2014 - Congratulations to our newest IGERT Trainees! Logan Grado (Biomedical Engineering) and Liz Moore (Neuroscience) will join the program in Fall 2014!

4/9/2014 - Congratulations to IGERT Trainee Brad Edelman on his selection for a 2014 Whitaker International Program Summer Grant! Brad will spend this summer at the Shanghai Mental Health Center (SMHC), which is affiliated with the Shanghai Jian Tong University's School of Medicine. His proposed project invludes analyzing resting state fMRI data of schizophrenia patients before and after maintenance electroconvulsion therapy (mECT), and performing a pilot study looking at cortical connectivity using simultaneous fMRI and TMS. Congrats to Brad!

9/23/2013 - The following IGERT associates won student poster awards at the Institue for Engineering in Medicine's Annual Conference and Retreat:

9/20/2013 - Congratulations to IGERT associate Tingting Xu for being selected as an open finalist at the 6th Neural Engineering Conference in San Diego for her paper, "Classification of Single-Trial MEG during Sentence Processing for Automated Schizophrenia Screening." Tingting will receive a travel award to present her paper at this meeting, which will take place November 6-8.

9/6/2013 - Welcome to our newest IGERT associate, Sarah Offutt!

6/24/2013 - The first annual IGERT retreat was held on June 24th at the Bakken Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr. Todd Coleman, Associate Professor in Bioengeering at the University of California San Diego, gave the keynote lecture, highlighting the groundbreaking research of the Neural Interaction Lab. His research focuses on developing skin-like electrodes to better interface with the body, and designing novel computational algorithms to improve the functionality of brain-machine interfaces. Students and faculty enjoyed discussions of research projects and future academic goals of the IGERT program. The program organizers look forward to seeing everyone at next year's retreat.

5/1/2013 - Congratulations to our newest cohort of IGERT Trainees! Edward Bello (Biomedical Engineering), Christopher Cline (Biomedical Engineering), Brendan Hasz (Neuroscience), Kory Jenkins (Mechanical Engineering), and Edgar Peña (Biomedical Engineering) will join the University of Minnesota in Fall 2013!

4/12/2013 - Ben Teplitzky (associate), Nessa Johnson (associate), and Cory Gloeckner (trainee) won poster awards at the Neuromodulation Symposium on April 11. Ben was awarded first place for his poster, "An Endovascular Approach to Deep Brain Stimulation: Computational Modeling of Anatomical Targets", Nessa was awarded second place for her poster "Combining Dense Array EEG and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to Assess Cortical Excitability, Oscillatory Tuning, and Effective Connectivity", and Cory tied for third place with his poster "Discovery of Somatotopy in the Inferior Colliculus: Implications for a New Tinnitus Treatment."

4/11/2013 - Our IGERT program co-sponsored the Minnesota Neuromodulation Symposium, a first of its kind event that was organized and chaired by Prof. Bin He (program director). Over 250 individuals from industry, academia, and government attended this interdisciplinary meeting to discuss challenges and future opportunities in the field of neuromodulation. More information on the symposium can be found at:

3/2013 - IGERT faculty and students were honored with the cover of the March issue of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering for their collaborative paper: "Neuromodulation for Brain Disorders: Challenges and Opportunities."

2/2013 - Welcome to Prof. Teresa Nick (Neuroscience), our newest IGERT training faculty member!

2/2013 - Congratulations to Martha Streng (Neuroscience), a first-year doctoral student who was admitted as an IGERT trainee!

1/30/2013 - Nessa Johnson (associate) was awarded an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship for the 2013-14 academic year. This is a one-year fellowship awarded to outstanding Graduate School students with interdisciplinary dissertation topics who would benefit from interaction with faculty at one of the University's interdisciplinary research centers or institutes.

1/2013 - Dr. Bin He (program director) edited a 800-page book entitled Neural Engineering (2nd edition), which was published by Springer in January 2013. Visit the book website for further information:

12/5/2012 - Prof. Tay Netoff and IGERT students Bryan Baxter (trainee), Allison Connolly, Nessa Johnson, and Clara Zhang (associates) led a Biomedical Engineering session for 30 high school juniors. The session started with an overview of Biomedical Engineering research at the University of Minnesota. Participants then got to rotate through three lab stations, led by the IGERT students: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Brain-Computer Interface, and Electroencephalographic (EEG) Imaging. Participants and their graduate student mentors then got to meet and have dinner together. This event was part of the STEM Readiness Program, a college preparatory program for underrepresented students interested in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Math, and Engineering). The MN Daily newspaper featured pictures from this event of Allison Connolly and Clara Zhang.

11/12/2012 - Congratulations to Julia Quindlen (Biomedical Engineering), a first-year doctoral student who was admitted as an IGERT trainee; and to her advisor, Prof. Victor Barocas (Biomedical Engineering), our newest IGERT training faculty member!

11/1/2012 - Laura Zitella (trainee), Nessa Johnson (associate), and Ben Teplitzky (associate) led a lesson on Neuroengineering for 6th grade students at Heritage School through the Teaching SMART program. The lesson included a discussion about neuroengineering, several demonstrations, and an opportunity for the students to see a real human brain and spinal cord.

10/2012 - Dr. Bin He (program director) received the Outstanding Research Award from the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology for research in seizure prediction.

7/27/2012 - Congratulations to our newest cohort of IGERT Trainees! Bradley Edelman (Biomedical Engineering) and Vadim Petruk (Neuroscience) will join the University of Minnesota in Fall 2012.

7/24/2012 - IGERT faculty, trainees, and associates led workshops for 11th- and 12th-grade students participating in the summer camp program of the College of Science and Engineering, Exploring Careers in Engineering and Physical Science (ECEPS). Attendees got to tour labs, view brain specimens, and learn about different areas of neuroengineering, including brain-computer interface, deep brain stimulation, and transcranial stimulation.

6/27/2012 - Craig Markovitz (associate) had an article published in Frontiers in Neural Circuits:

Markovitz CD, Tang TT, Edge DP and Lim HH (2012). "Three-dimensional brain reconstruction of in vivo electrode tracks for neuroscience and neural prosthetic applications." Front. Neural Circuits 6:39. doi: 10.3389/fncir. 2012.00039

6/20/2012 - Prof. Tay Netoff and associates Clara Zhang and Nessa Johnson went to the Epilepsy Foundation's Camp Oz, a YMCA camp for children ages 7-19 with epilepsy. They spent the day teaching kids in multiple age groups about epilepsy with a brief presentation, a real human brain and spinal cord, and an EEG setup.

6/18-20/2012 - IGERT students attended the Neural Interfaces 2012 Conference in Salt Lake City. Laura Zitella (trainee) presented "Modeling pedunculopontine nucleus stimulation in human and non-human primates," and Ben Teplitzky (associate) presented "Computational Modeling of an Endovascular Approach for Neurostimulation."

5/30-6/1/2012 - Prof. Bin He (program director), Laura Zitella (trainee), and Rachel  Jorgenson (coordinator) attended the 2012 Annual IGERT PI Meeting in Washington, D.C. Laura presented "Computational Modeling of Brainstem Stimulation" at the trainee poster session. At the Bioinformatics and Bioengineering technical session, Prof. He presented "Fly High with Your Thoughts: A Systems Neuroengineering Approach."

5/27/2012 - Associate Karl Lafleur was co-author of a presentation entitled "Noninvasive brain-computer interface control of a quadcopter flying robot in 3D space using sensorimotor rhythms" at the World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering.

5/4/2012 - As part of Brain Awareness Week, trainees Bryan Baxter and Laura Zitella went to Lincoln Elementary in White Bear Lake, and Como Park Elementary in St. Paul. They taught 3rd-, 4th-, and 5th-graders about the different areas of the brain and allowed them to see and touch (through plastic wrap) some brain specimens. They also led interactive group activities to illustrate some basic principles of neurotransmitters, nerve concentration, and brain plasticity.

1/30/2012 - Craig Markovitz (associate) was awarded the Frieda Martha Kunze Fellowship for the 2012-13 academic year. This is a one-year fellowship awarded to only two graduate students in biochemistry, chemistry, or biomedical sciences at the University of Minnesota.