Dr. John Simeral
Dr. Simeral is a Research Biomedical Engineer with the Rehabilitation R&D Service of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (Providence VA Medical Center) and a Research Assistant Professor with the School of Engineering of Brown University, Providence, RI. His research is dedicated to integrating neuroscience and engineering disciplines to create unprecedented neural prosthetic technologies that enable communication and control of assistive devices by individuals with paralysis or locked-in syndrome resulting from spinal cord injury, ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), stroke and other neurological disorders. He directs development of the architecture, hardware, software, and decoding algorithms for the BrainGate Neural Interface System (in clinical trial) that decodes human intracortical brain signals into commands to control computer cursors, dexterous prosthetic robotic arms and hands, and other assistive technologies. In addition, this research is developing new insights into how neural activity encodes information and controls movement. He is also creating a wearable neural signal processing platform to enable individuals with paralysis or upper limb amputation to benefit from mobile assistive technologies over extended periods of time without technical oversight. Dr. Simeral has published in leading journals such as Nature and the Journal of Neural Engineering and was recently awarded, with the BrainGate team, the international Israel Brain Technologies B.R.A.I.N. prize.