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26-28 July, 2010

CMM Brain Neuromechanics Workshop

at the Fields Institute
222 College Street, Toronto

Organizing Committee:
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C. Drapaca (Penn State)
JM Drake (Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto)
M. Johnston (Sunnybrook & Womens Hospital, Toronto)
S. Sivaloganathan (University of Waterloo)
 
OVERVIEW

The brain is the most complex organ of our central nervous system. It is responsible for controlling all the other organs in the body, as well as breathing, heart beat and temperature regulation. It is also the processor of all conscious and unconscious stimuli, thought and feelings, learning and memory. As a material, the brain is an inhomogeneous, multi-scaled and multi-layered, inter-connected network of neurons, glial cells, blood vessels and extracellular matrix. The function of each of these components is interconnected and modulated by the activity of the others. The mechanical parameters of the brain are determined from both the constituent elements and their electro-chemical and mechanical interactions at all length scales.

In recent years, a lot of progress has been made in the fields of brain biomechanics and neuroscience. However, the two research areas have developed independently of each other with little cross-fertilization, neglecting any possible linkage between the electric brain and the mechanical brain. The lack of fundamental knowledge about the interactions between the electrical and mechanical properties of the brain severely inhibits the ability to interpret any neural activity data. It also impairs the ability to intelligently simulate the brain responses to electric and mechanic stimuli, and impedes the development of a wide range of feasible medical therapies.

The objective of this workshop is to lay the foundations of novel theoretical and computational models of the brain that will incorporate in a common framework, knowledge about the biomechanics and the electro-chemical processes of the brain at different length scales. These models will have a wide spectrum of possible applications ranging from a more fundamental understanding mechanical deformation and stress, to damage in a range of applications from traumatic brain injury to hydrocephalus to electrode insertion. Ultimately these models will help generate improved medical diagnoses, treatment strategies and clinical protocols. Such fundamental research will also clearly play an important role in the design of improved experimental procedures and measurements.

List of current confirmed participants (speakers)

James Drake, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto,
Corina S. Drapaca
, Center for Neural Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
Patrick Drew
, Center for Neural Engineering, Pennsylvania State University,
Almut Eisentraeger, Oxford University Mathematical Institute,
Joseph T. Francis, SUNY Downstate Medical Center,
Kristian Franze, University of Cambridge
Jurgen Germann,
Toronto Centre for Phenogenomics
Bruce Gluckman
, Center for Neural Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
Paul Janmey, Institute for Medicine and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania,
Miles Johnston, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto,
Leslie M. Loew, R.D. Berlin Center for Cell Analysis, University of Connecticut Health Center
Martin Ostoja-Starzewski, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Katerina Papoulia, University of Waterloo
Richard Penn, Neurosurgery, University of Chicago,
Andrew Sharp
, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine,

Kathleen Wilkie, University of Waterloo,
Alan Wineman, University of Michigan
K. P. Unnikrishnan, University of Michigan

Schedule

Monday, July 26, 2010
9:00 am Opening Remarks
9:15 am J. Drake, Hospital for Sick Children
10:00 am Miles Johnston, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto,
10:45 am Coffee Break
11:15 am Joseph T. Francis, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
12:00 pm Lunch Break
2:00 pm Richard Penn, Neurosurgery, University of Chicago
2:45 pm Corina S. Drapaca, Center for Neural Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
3:30 pm Coffee Break
4:00 pm Kathleen Wilkie, University of Waterloo
4:45 pm Jurgen Germann, Toronto Centre for Phenogenomics
5:30 pm Welcome Reception
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
9:00 am Paul Janmey, Institute for Medicine and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
9:45 am Bruce Gluckman, Center for Neural Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
10:30 am Coffee Break
11:00 am Patrick Drew, Center for Neural Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
11:45 am Lunch Break
2:00 pm Kristian Franze, University of Cambridge
2:45 pm Andrew Sharp, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
3:30 pm Coffee Break
4:00 pm K. P. Unnikrishnan, University of Michigan
4:45 pm Leslie Loew, R.D. Berlin Center for Cell Analysis, University of Connecticut Health Center
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
9:00 am Almut Eisentrager, Oxford University Mathematical Institute
9:45 am Alan Wineman, University of Michigan
10:30 am Coffee Break
11:00 am Martin Ostoja-Starzewski, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
11:45 am Katerina Papoulia, University of Waterloo
12:30 pm Closing Remarks: Siv Sivaloganathan, University of Waterloo

List of Confirmed Participants as of July 19, 2010:

Full Name University Name
Bardakjian, Berj University of Toronto
Carpentier, Sarah Rotman Research Institute
Chang, Dong Eui University of Waterloo
Drake, James M. The Hospital for Sick Children
Drapaca, Corina Pennsylvania State University
Drew, Patrick J. Pennsylvania State University
Eisenträger, Almut Oxford University
Francis, Joseph T. SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Franze, Kristian University of Cambridge
Gasumova, Dana York University
Gibson, Erin Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Gluckman, Bruce Pennsylvania State University
Janmey, Paul University of Pennsylvania
Johnston, Miles Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Kamali Sarvestani, Iman Royal Institute of Technology
Lee, Angela University of Toronto
Loew, Leslie M. University of Connecticut Health Center
Mora, Vincent IMI-NRC
Ostoja-Starzewski, Martin University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Penn, Richard University of Illinois at Chicago
Perry, Stephen Wilfrid Laurier University
Rebeira, M. University of Toronto
Shahbandi, Nazgol University of Waterloo
Sharma, Cartik Sunybrook Imaging Research
Sharp, Andrew Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Sharp, Andrew Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Sinclair, D.M. University of Toronto
Sivaloganathan, Sivabal University of Waterloo
Szilagyi, Gregory Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Talasila, Sam University of Toronto
Unnikrishnan, K. P. University of Michigan Medical School
Wang, Hongye Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest
Wilkie, Kathleen University of Waterloo
Wineman, Alan University of Michigan
Zamyadi, Mojdeh Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Zivari Piran, Hossein York University
TO BE CONFIRMED:
Germann, Jurgen Toronto Centre for Phenogenomics
Papoulia, Katerina University of Waterloo

 

 

 
   
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