Northwestern University

Mon 12:00 PM

Dr. Marco Capogrosso: A computational framework for the design of spinal neuroprostheses

When: Monday, February 26, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  

Where: Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Sky Lobby Auditorium, 10th floor, 355 E. Erie, Chicago, IL 60611 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Tommi Raij, MD, PhD   312.238.4401

Group: Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Research Seminar Series

Category: Lectures & Meetings



Severe Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) alters the communication between supra-spinal centers and the sensorimotor networks coordinating limb movements, leading to motor paralysis. Epidural electrical stimulation of lumbar segments has shown the ability to enable descending motor control of the lower limbs in rodents and humans with severe spinal cord injury. Using a combination of computational models and in-vivo experiments, I’ve found that EES facilitates motor control through the recruitment of muscle spindle feedback circuits. I’ve then used these models to design stimulation protocols targeting these circuits that allowed selective modulation of synergistic muscle groups, both in rodents and primates. This framework supported the design of brain controlled stimulation strategies that restored voluntary locomotion in primates with incomplete spinal cord injury. I am now expanding these models to design new technologies for the restoration of functional arm movements in people with cervical spinal cord injury.


Dr. Marco Capogrosso, PhD, studied at University of Pisa, Italy, where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Physics (2007) and a Master of Science Degree in Applied Physics (2009). Thereafter, he completed a PhD in Engineering (2013) at Institute of Biorobotics, Scoula Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy. This was followed by post-doctoral studies at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland (2013-2016). Since 2016 he has been a Research Group Leader at the Platform of Translational Neuroscience, Department of Medicine, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and was selected as Swiss National Science Foundation Ambizione Fellow. Dr. Capogrosso's research focuses on identifying the mechanisms and neural targets of electrical epidural stimulation of the spinal cord in spinal cord injury. He also works on developing spinal cord neuromodulation technologies.

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