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Special Guest Lecture October 11, 2013, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm WPIC Auditorium

Tapping into the Brain:
Neuroprosthetics at Pitt - Implications in Brain Dysfunction  

 Michael Boninger, MD

  Professor and Chair
Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine




Dr. Boninger is Professor and Chair in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation in the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine and director of the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute. Dr. Boninger is a physician researcher for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and is the Medical Director of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories, a VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Center of Excellence.  Dr. Boninger has an extensive publication record of over 200 published papers spanning 18 years in the area of spinal cord injury and assistive technology. Dr. Boninger also has extensive experience and publications related to teaching research. Dr. Boninger holds 4 US patents and has won numerous awards, including being inducted into the Institute of Medicine in 2013.   Dr. Boninger’s students have also won over 45 national awards.

Learning Objectives.  Following this lecture, attendees will be able to:

  1. Describe electrocorticography and single unit micro electrode technologies and explain the advantages and disadvantages of each;
  2. Explain what currently can be achieved with this technology and how training occurs;
  3. Discuss how neuroprosthetics work might impact individuals with Brain Dysfunction.


Continuing Education Credit: The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded .15 continuing education units (CEUs), which are equal to 1.5 contact hours. In accordance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education requirements on disclosure, information about relationships of presenters with commercial interests (if any) will be included in materials which will be distributed at the time of the conference.  WPIC is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  WPIC maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.  This program is being offered for 1.5 continuing education credits.


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