Summary: The new Penn State Center for Neural Engineering
will direct University resources in engineering,
materials, and neurosciences to the creation and
commercialization of implantable medical devices
in the rapidly expanding field of neurostimulation.
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As a pediatric neurosurgeon, Steven J. Schiff, M.D., Ph.D., has performed
major invasive procedures to lessen or eliminate seizures in children with
epilepsy, but it's his work in the research lab that holds even more potential to
transform the treatment of neurological disease.
"We are beginning to lay the foundation for the next generation of what you
might call `smart devices' that can be more effective in treating epilepsy,
Parkinson's disease, and more," says Schiff, director of the Penn State Center
for Neural Engineering, professor of neurosurgery, and Brush Chair of
Engineering Science and Mechanics. The Center, a collaborative effort between
Penn State College of Medicine and the College of Engineering, was started
this past year thanks to a $250,000 Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) grant
with matching funds from the University.
The Center positions Penn State to be a leader in an emerging biomedical field.