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Neural Interfaces 2021: The NANS-NIC Joint Meeting

About Neural Interfaces 2021: the NANS-NIC Joint Meeting

The Meeting took place June 25-26, 2021 

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The Neural Interfaces Conference (NIC) began as the annual “NIH Neural Prosthesis Workshop” in 1970 and grew over the years to become the leading conference for the neural interfaces research community. NIC provides a forum for state-of-the-art developments spanning basic science to clinical translation in neuromodulation/bioelectronic medicines, sensory prostheses, neural plasticity, biomaterials, microelectrode array technology, brain computer/machine interfaces, and other related areas. Now in its 44th cycle and in partnership with the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS), the NANS-NIC Joint Meeting is envisioned as a forum where basic scientists, engineers, and clinicians develop solutions for key issues to unlock the true promise of neural interfaces to impact patient health. NIC is arranged as a set of community suggested plenary sessions to address critical driving questions important to move the field forward. NIC has always stressed ‘parallel translation,’ where a diverse group of scientists, engineers, clinicians, regulatory specialists, and government officials meet to facilitate a quicker, safer, and more effective path from basic science finding to clinical impact. 

For 2021, the Neural Interfaces Conference (NIC) Steering Committee is partnering with the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) to produce a virtual meeting on June 25 and 26, 2021. 

Neural Interfaces 2021 Planning Committee
Ellis Meng, PhD - Professor, BME, USC
Parag Patil, MD PhD - Asso. Professor, NSU, U Michigan
Ellen L. Air, MD PhD - Functional Neurosurgeon, Henry Ford Health System
Kip Ludwig, PhD - Asso. Professor, BME, U Wisconsin

NIC Steering Committee
Polina Anikeeva, PhD - Asso. Professor, MSE, MIT
Cindy Chestek, PhD - Asso. Professor, BME, U Michigan
Rob Gaunt, PhD - Asst. Professor, PMR, U Pittsburgh
Matt Johnson, PhD - Asso. Professor, BME, U Minnesota
Nick Langhals, PhD - Program Director, NIH/NINDS
Luis Lujan, PhD - Asst. Professor, BME, Mayo
Cameron McIntyre, PhD - Professor, BME, Case Western
Kevin Otto, PhD - Professor, BME, U Florida
Florian Solzbacher, PhD - Professor, EECS, U Utah
Cristin Welle, PhD - Asst. Professor, BME, U Colorado Denver

Schedule and Registration 

Registration for the NANS-NIC Joint Meeting is now open! Click here to view the virtual meeting schedule and register for the meeting. 

Diversity Attendance Award

The NANS-NIC Planning Committee of the virtual Neural Interfaces Conference invites trainees (undergraduate students, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, residents, clinical fellows) from various backgrounds to apply for the conference Diversity Attendance Awards. The Planning Committee is giving out 100 Awards!! Women, Black, Indigenous and People of Color are particularly encouraged to apply. The neural interfaces field attracts trainees from many different disciplines including neuroscience, neurology, neurosurgery, computer science, rehabilitation and all areas of engineering. Click here to learn more and submit an application. The application deadline has been extended to 11:59 PM Eastern Time, June 9, 2021.

Conference Sponsors

We would like to thank our sponsoring companies for their generous support. Click here to view our conference sponsors and learn more about their companies.

Support Opportunities

The NANS-NIC Planning Committee has developed several unique ways for industry partners to show their support for this virtual meeting. From becoming one of our featured sponsors to funding students unable to afford to attend, there are several opportunities available. Learn more about support opportunities.

NANS Events   

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    Zion Baptist Church
    3600 N. Broad St.
    Philadelphia, PA
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