Neuroengineering Students Receive Research Day Award and Honorable Mention

AWARD - Computation, Modeling & Simulation (Biological) - Undergraduate
Kevin J. Freedman – School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems
A Novel Multi-Measurement Support Vector Machine Algorithm For Seizure Detection

HONORABLE MENTION - Computation, Modeling, & Simulation (Biological) - Graduate Alessandro Scaglione – School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems Mutual Information Expansion for Studying the Role of Correlations in Population Codes

New Faculty Member: Robert F. Rogers, PhD

The Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy at Drexel University College of Medicine has a new faculty member, Dr. Robert F. Rogers. Dr. Rogers' interests are in sensory encoding/decoding, cardiovascular and respiratory control, information processing, and systems neuroscience.

New Research Initiatives

Applied Neuropharmacology

Anna Merzagora
Completed combined fNIR/EEG analysis on 6 TBI patients. Results showing correlations between the signals and aspects of the fNIR signal independent from EEG are being written for an abstract for the Augmented Cognition Workshop.


The school of Biomedical Engineering, Neuroengineering Dept., since the beginning of their Major Research Initiative program 2 years ago has been been funded by about 20 grants, totaling an estimated $7 million. Some of the funded research includes:

Nissanov, Jonathan
Constructing Waxholm Space, International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility, $75,000.

Wheatley, Margaret
Development of an Implantable Construct for Synergistic Injury Treatment, Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation, a competing renewal of $50,000, 1yr.

Simon Giszter, Jonathan Nissanov
NIH/NSF CRNS Grant entitled: Collaborative Research - Neural and mechanical bases of motor behavior, PI Simon Giszter, co-I's Jonathan Nissanov, Kissa Nishikawa, Northern Arizona University, Dinesh Pai, Dept. of Computer Science, University of British Columbia, $495,586, 3 yrs

Karen Moxon
Shriner’s Research Grant, Pilot Study, entitled: 'Neurorobotic Training for the Control of Functional Electrical Stimulation to Restore Locomotion', PI Karen Moxon, $75,000, 1 yr.

Sheri Silfies
Orthopedic Section, American Physical Therapy Assoc. Grant: Validation of Clinical Observation of Aberrant Movement Patterns in Patients with Mechanical Low Back Pain, Co-PIs: Scott Biely, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC;* Sheri P. Silfies, PT, PhD; Susan Smith, PT, PhD; $25,000; 6/2008-10/2009

Ilya Rybak
NHLBI/NIH R33HL087379 Grant: Modeling of pathogenic breathing pattern dysregulation in cardiopulmonary disease, PI – Ilya A. Rybak; 555K, 3 years: 2008-2011.

Banu Onaral
USAMRMC Grant; UAV Operator Training and Workload Assessment for Safe Piloting, PI: Banu Onaral: Co-PIs: Scott Bunce, Kambiz Pourrezaei, Patricia Shewokis; $ 569,019; Duration: 18 Month (10/01/08 – 03/30/10)


Nissanov, Jonathan
In Silico Gene Mapping of the Spinal Cord, Neilsen Foundation, $250,000, 2yrs.


Publications - Updated 04.2009