From lab to clinic: Pathways to translational brain machine interfaces for rehabilitation


This symposium will address the key challenges in the design and adoption of brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) in the clinic, and highlight the pathways to success for researchers working with BMIs for rehabilitation. 

The meeting will explore the viewpoints of the operators (such as clinicians) and the end users (such as patients) of BMI technologies, focusing on the key considerations for designing BMIs that are adaptable to the variation in physiologies across disabilities, and suitable for the specific needs of end-users.

It will bring together patients, researchers in cutting-edge BMI technology, clinicians in rehabilitation, and experts on the physiology of motor disabilities. 


The overall aim is to identify ways in which early career researchers can translate their BMI research into a clinical solution.

The secondary goal is to foster new collaborations between clinicians and researchers who are in the early stages of BMI development. It is hoped the event will lead to long-lasting collaborations, and, subsequently, to an increase in the widespread use of clinical BMIs for rehabilitation.

The Event

The symposium will host talks by established BMI researchers and clinicians, who will discuss the most promising BMIs for motor rehabilitation, and share their experiences in designing BMIs and transferring them to a clinical setting.

A panel discussion between the audience, invited speakers, clinicians, representatives from funding bodies, patients, and academic researchers, will explore the challenges and opportunities for transferring BMIs to the clinic.

The symposium is an excellent opportunity to network with BMI experts, clinicians and other early careers researchers in BMI, and to receive valuable input on the translational potential, limitations, and advantages of your research within a clinical perspective. 

Organised by Ioannis Zoulias and Orla Fannon, University of Reading, UK

Confirmed Speakers

Mikhail A. Lebedev, Duke University School of Medicine, North Carolina, US
Dario Farina, Chair in Neurorehabilitation Engineering, Imperial College London, UK
Claire Guy, Principal Physiotherapist in Spinal Injuries, Rookwood Hospital, UK
Ian Daly, Lecturer of Computer Science, University of Essex, UK

Confirmed Panellists
Robin Gibbons, Senior Research Associate, Aspire CREATe Group, University College London, UK
Talisia Quallo, Medical Research Council, UK

Want to know more?

If you're interested in taking part, click here to submit your abstract, or to find out more information about the event.

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