Address to the National Press Club — Ted Berger, brain prosthesis developer
- 7th June 2016
Theodore (Ted) Berger leads a multi-disciplinary collaboration to develop a microchip-based neural prosthesis for the hippocampus, a region of the brain responsible for long-term memory. Damage to the hippocampus is associated with epilepsy, stroke, and dementia (Alzheimer’s Disease), and is thought to underlie the memory problems that occur with these conditions.
For a quarter of a century, the Berger laboratory has been dedicated to understanding the mechanisms underlying neural network function during memory formation. In particular, they have applied non-linear systems analytic procedures to the experimental study and mathematical modelling of synaptic and network dynamics of the hippocampus. These studies are now classic in demonstrating how engineering can be brought to bear on fundamental problems in neuroscience. The ultimate aim of these and other studies from the Berger collaboration is to develop brain protheses to restore damaged brain regions.
Berger is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California.
He is the 2016 recipient of the Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) Medal and was named as one of “The 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2013” by Foreign Policy Magazine.
When: 7 June, 4:30pm for 5:00pm start.
Where: National Press Club of Australia, 16 National Circuit, Barton, ACT
For tickets: visit the National Press Club of Australia website.