Neuroengineering at Drexel University is an initiative led by the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems and the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at Drexel University College of Medicine in partnership with faculty from most academic units at Drexel University, including the Colleges of Engineering, Arts and Science, Business, Nursing and Health Professions, and Media and Design.
The Neuroengineering Initiative at Drexel University has received a major investment from the University and is currently expanding its research activities. Finally, this initiative has partnerships with major clinical institutions for the development of translational devices and for educational experiences for students. Partnering clinical institutions include: Shriner's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA, and Veteran's Affairs Hospital, Philadelphia, PA.
There are diverse ongoing neuroengineering research activities at Drexel University and at partnering institutions including functional optical brain imaging, neuroprosthetics, computational neuroscience, brain-computer interface, tissue engineering, and neuroimaging.
Neural Interface Systems
Focus is on several different aspects including the development of closed-loop brain-machine interface for restoration of function in patients with paraplegia. This work includes extracting appropriate motor commands from the brain and functional stimulation of the spinal cord to restore locomotion. Projects include understanding the role of cortical plasticity after spinal injury, analysis of modularity in the motor system to simplify computation and control for the organism, and the use of afferent feedback to augment the gait during locomotor training.