Dr. Jacob George featured as expert in article discussing spinal cord stimulator

A recent article by Luisa Torres, PhD, in Drug Discovery News featured Dr. Jacob George in a discussion about the use of spinal cord stimulators in patients with lower-limb amputations. A recent Nature Biomedical Engineering study used spinal cord stimulation to restore the sense of touch, improve balance, and reduce phantom limb pain in patients with amputation below the knee. Dr. George discussed the benefits and use of such technology as an industry expert in response to this study. The full article can be read here.

Dr. Jacob George to serve on healthcare panel for AI Industry Partnership Summit

Dr. Jacob George will be serving as a member of the healthcare panel discussion at the One-Utah Responsible AI Initiative (RAI) Industry Partnership Summit on June 10th. The RAI group hopes to catalyze transdisciplinary excellence in responsible AI at the University of Utah, with the summit featuring multiple discussions on workforce, infrastructure, healthcare, and policy. You can learn more about the One-U Responsible AI Initiative here. Congrats Dr. George!

Dr. Jacob George Presents at 3rd Annual Limb Preservation Foundation’s Limb Symposium

Dr. Jacob George attended the 3rd Annual Limb Preservation Foundation’s Limb Symposium on April 19th in Golden, Colorado, where he presented the keynote speech titled “Future Forces: What’s Next in Bionic Legs and Arms”. The University of Utah’s PM&R Department also supported the Hope Beyond Limits Symposium by sponsoring a scholarship breakfast, which created networking opportunities for scholars and enabled 20 limb survivors and caregivers to participate in the event.

Welcome to Caden Hamrick, NSF GRFP Awardee

The Utah Neurorobotics Lab welcomes Caden Hamrick, who will be joining us this Fall as a PhD student in ECE. Although he will be a new PhD student, he brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience. Caden worked with our lab as an undergraduate research fellow during the Summer of 2022, and was recently awarded the NSF GRFP. For his PhD research, Caden will be working on EMG decoding for human-computer interaction.

Welcome Caden!

Dr. Jacob George Awarded the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

Dr. Jacob George and his Utah Neurorobotics Lab was recently awarded the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award. Thank you to all the fabulous undergraduate researchers in our group whose collective achievements made this award possible. We’ve had 42 undergrad fellows in the lab, who have collectively achieved 31 co-authored abstracts, 21 first-author abstracts, 18 co-authored manuscripts, 5 first-author manuscripts, and 57 competitive research fellowships, totaling $385,299.

A special thanks also to all of the graduate student mentors, who provide the critical day-to-day mentorship and training for our undergrads; this award really wouldn’t be possible without them. It’s great to see our lab working together to create a pipeline from K-12 outreach, to high school interns, undergraduate researchers, and graduate students. Thank you all for your many contributions to our research and team.

Michael Adkins completes NSF I-Corps Entrepreneurial Training Program

Congratulations to Michael Adkins for completing the NSF I-Corps Entrepreneurial Training Program!

Through this program, Michael was awarded $50,000 for customer discovery to explore the commercial viability of his Electronic Grip Gauge (EGG). Over the past month, Michael interviewed over 100 stakeholders (therapists, patients, clinic directors, etc.) to come up with a concise value proposition for a beachhead customer. In other words, he found the problems worth solving, the solutions worth paying for, and the most likely first adopters. As a result of Michael’s hard work, we formed a start-up company and are now competing for seed funding through Bench2Bedside and an NIH STTR grant.

Abby Citterman Receives Several Awards at 50th Academy Annual Meeting & Scientific Symposium

Abby Citterman, a member of the NeuroRobotics Lab since 2020, a recent graduate of Biomedical Engineering at the U, and a graduate student at Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center, attended the 50th Academy Annual Meeting & Scientific Symposium last week with the American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists. There, she was awarded the Women in O&P Research Award, sponsored by Ă–ssur, along with a $1,500 honorarium, for her research titled Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation at the Wrist as a Method to Restore Sensory Feedback for Individuals with Partial Hand Amputation. Abby was also awarded first place in the poster competition for her capstone research project at Northwestern University, titled Do Clinical Assessments of Upper-Limb Prosthesis Users Sufficiently Capture All Dimensions of Anatomical Hand Function?

Congratulations Abby for these prestigious awards!