NYSDOH’s National Center For Adaptive Neurotechnologies Hosts Students For Unprecedented Summer Training Course In Albany
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
The New York State Department of Health’s new National Center for Adaptive Neurotechnologies (NCAN) in Albany brings together a select group of 24 young scientists, engineers, and clinicians from around the country for a first-of-its-kind, three-week Short Course in Adaptive Neurotechnologies. This is a unique opportunity for emerging leaders in this rapidly-growing multidisciplinary field to acquire a comprehensive grasp of the basic principles and current state of the field and of future prospects for scientific and clinical advances. It is being taught by 30 internationally-recognized authorities from throughout the country. “We had applications from more than 60 highly-qualified, young scientists, engineers, and clinicians from all over the country, which made it difficult to select our 24 participants,” said Gerwin Schalk, Ph.D., course co-director and deputy director of NCAN.
Mind-Tracking Devices: Do 'Brain Wearables' Really Work?
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Makers of the brain wearables that come in the form of headsets with electrodes claim the devices can improve your focus, detect stress, and even let you play video games with your brain. The devices work by detecting the brain's electrical activity, or brain waves, using electroencephalography (EEG). Gerwin Schalk was quoted on the devices' ability to detect brain signals.
Scientists Decode Brain Signals Nearly at Speed of Perception
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Gerwin Schalk was a collaborator in a study that allowed scientists to decode brain signals nearly at the speed of perception by using electrodes implanted in the temporal lobes in awake patients. The study also analyzed patients' neural responses to two categories of visual stimuli: images of faces and houses. Subsequently, the scientists were able to predict which images the patients were viewing, and when, with better than 95 percent accuracy.
The Neurologist Who Hacked His Brain—And Almost Lost His Mind
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Phil Kennedy, a famous neurologist who had a set of electrodes implanted beneath the surface of his own brain, was gathering his data to present at the 2015 meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. During this time, Brain-to-Text, a new procedure for using computers and cranial implants to decode human speech, was being developed at the Wadsworth Center. Gerwin Schalk was quoted after an experiment was run demonstrating the Brain-to-Text procedure.
Great Local Minds of the Capital Region
Monday, October 26, 2015
Here are just 10 of the smartest people whose creative thought has made an impact beyond our region. Along with fellow scientist Jonathan Wolpaw, Gerwin Schalk and his work at the Wadsworth Center in Albany has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The two scientists have been researching new ways to restore function in people with spinal cord injuries, stroke or other neural disorders. Schalk and Wolpaw now run the NIH-sponsored National Center for Adaptive Neurotechnologies — the only center of its kind in the country.
Albany Researchers Develop Brain-Computer Lab in Italy
Sunday, October 25, 2015
When a brain-computer interface laboratory opens early next month at the Neuromed Institute in southern Italy, it will launch from a platform built in Albany. The Italian neurosurgical hospital's new Polo di Innovazione Cyber Brain Labs is modeled after laboratories at Albany Medical Center and the state Health Department's Wadsworth Center, led by Dr. Anthony Ritaccio and Gerwin Schalk, respectively.
Albany Med-Led Brain Mapping Research Showcased at International Workshop
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Some of the world’s top scientists, neurologists and neurosurgeons are convening this week at the eighth annual International Workshop on Advances in Electrocorticography, hosted by Albany Medical Center and the New York State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center in Chicago, IL. Dr. Ritaccio and Gerwin Schalk, Ph.D., associate professor of neurology at Albany Medical College and research scientist at the Wadsworth Center, are currently leading an international academic partnership to create a research lab in Italy modeled after the brain computer interface (BCI) lab at Albany Med/Wadsworth through a three-million euro ($3.7 million) grant from the European Union.
Governor Cuomo Announces National Neurotechnology Center Established at New York's Wadsworth Center
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Governor Cuomo announced that the Wadsworth Center in Albany is now home to the new National Center for Adaptive Neurotechnologies. The Center and its partners have designed a non-invasive brain-computer interface system that is now enabling people who are paralyzed by ALS to use brain signals to communicate with others, made possible by translating brain waves into text through computer software. They have invented a new method for using recorded signals to map brain functions that reduces the duration and increases the safety of neurosurgical procedures. This unique field of research has grown and flourished at Wadsworth for more than 30 years under Dr. Jonathan R. Wolpaw and Dr. Gerwin Schalk.