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TedxStanford features talks on neural prosthetics, bioinformatics

Tomorrow, Stanford will host its second TEDxStanford event. The event, which rapidly sold out, is being webcasted live beginning at 11 a.m. Pacific Time.

The theme for this year's event is "Break Through" and the schedule includes an impressive line-up of speakers from classrooms and laboratories across campus. Among the group are bioengineer and geneticist Russ Altman, MD, PhD, and electrical engineer Krishna Shenoy, PhD.

Altman leads Simbios, a National Institutes of Health Center for Biomedical Computation at Stanford. His research focuses on how human genetic variation affects drug responses and the analysis of biological molecules to understand the action, interaction and adverse events of drugs. He co-authored a paper published in March showing that the Internet search history of consumers can yield information on the unreported side effects of drugs or drug combinations.

Shenoy, who directs the Neural Prosthetic Systems Lab, works with engineers and neuroscientists to determine how the brain controls movement and to design medical systems to assist those with movement disabilities. He also co-directs the Neural Prosthetics Translational Lab, where these advances are used to help individuals with severe motor disabilities.

As reported in a past Stanford Report story, Shenoy and colleagues studied brain activity in monkeys reaching to touch a target and showed "that the brain activity controlling arm movement does not encode external spatial information – such as direction, distance, and speed – but is instead rhythmic in nature."

Join the webcast tomorrow to hear more about Altman and Shenoy's fascinating work and latest research advancements.

Previously: Researchers mine Internet search data to identify unreported side effects of drugs, Thousands of previously unknown drug side effects and interactions identified by Stanford study, Unexpected drug interactions identified by Stanford data mining, Researchers find neurons fire rhythmically to create movement and Stanford researchers uncover the neural process behind reaction time
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