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CATSS Newsletter - June 2017

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UPCOMING EVENTS:
 

- CATSS Brown Bag Series: Summer 2017 -
 
CATSS Conference Room, S30 Elliott Hall
 

Tuesday, May 30, 3:30pm
     Facilitator: Benjamin Munson
Monday, June 12, 12:00pm
     "Audiovisual approaches to communication"
     Facilitator: Andrew Oxenham
Thursday, July 6, 12:00pm
     "Finding a cure for tinnitus?"
     Guest Facilitator: Rich Tyler
Monday, July 10, 12:00pm
     "Big data for low vision research"
     Facilitator: Steve Engel
Tuesday, July 25, 3:30pm
     "Sight-restoring technologies and brain plasticity"
     Facilitator: Gordon Legge
Monday, Aug 7, 12:00pm
     "Functional outcome measures"
     Facilitator: Peggy Nelson
Tues, Aug 22, 3:30pm
     "High field fMRI frustrations"
     Facilitator: Cheryl Olman


 


 

- OCTOBER 2017 -
 

NCRAR Conference: Translating Tinnitus Research Findings into Clinical Practice
Wednesday-Friday, October 4th-6th
Portland, OR
Click here to register and for information on poster and scholarship submissions.
(The deadline for all conference poster and scholarship submissions is July 17th.)
 


 

PAST EVENTS:
 

- JUNE 2017 -
 

25th Annual International Conference on
Management of the Tinnitus & Hyperacusis Patient

Thursday & Friday, June 15th-16th
The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
   Program Website
 

- MAY 2017 -
 

Neuro-Statistics: The Interface between Neuroscience and Statistics
Institute of Research in Statistics and its Applications, School of Statistics

Friday and Saturday, May 5-6th
Walter Library
   This workshop is on the use of statistics and data science methods towards understanding neuroscience data and scientific objectives, and on the challenges and scope of this inter-disciplinary research. Including a half-day short course on the interface of neuroscience and statistics as well as a poster session. For more information and to register, visit irsa.stat.umn.edu or email irsa@stat.umn.edu

 

- APRIL 2017 -
 

6th Annual Spring Vision Research Symposium & Poster Session
Friday, April 21st
12:30-4:15pm

Maroon & Gold Room, McNamara Alumni Center
Click here for symposium schedule.
   RVSP and submit a poster at: http://z.umn.edu/2017svrs
 

School of Statistics and Political Science Department Joint Seminar
Thursday, April 13th
3:00pm

Lippincott Room 1314, Social Sciences
Professor Diganta Mukherjee, Indian Statistical Institute
"Analyzing Attribute Based Multi-Relationships and the Prediction Problem using Graphical Models"


 

- FEBRUARY 2017 -
 

BMEn Graduate Seminar: Mark George
Monday, February 6th
3:35-4:30 pm

2-101 Nils Hasselmo Hall
Mark S. George, MD, Medical University of South Carolina
"Brain Stimulation Devices: The new bioengineering 'gold rush'?"

 

CATSS Symposium 2017
Friday, February 3rd, 2017
8:15am to 12:00pm

McNamara Alumni Center, Johnson Room

Featured Keynote Speaker:
   Dr. Lotfi Merabet, OD, PhD, MPH
   Director, Laboratory for Visual Neuroplasticity, Harvard University
"Comparing Brain Plasticity in Ocular vs Cerebral Causes of Visual Impairment:
A Challenge for Rehabilitation"

For full itinerary, click here.
 

- OCTOBER 2016 -
 

CMRR Seminar: Michael Dayan
Monday, October 10th
12:00 pm

CMRR Seminar Room, 2-102
Michael Dayan, PhD
"Combining structural MRI modalities for the characterization of grey and white matter in health and disease: Examples on large datasets"
 

CMRR Seminar: Caterina Gratton
Monday, October 3rd
12:00 pm

CMRR Seminar Room, 2-102
Caterina Gratton, PhD, Washington University, St. Louis
"Control systems & hubs: A network view of goal-driven behavior"
 

- SEPTEMBER 2016 -
 

Institute for Engineering in Medicine (IEM) Annual Conference and Retreat
Monday, September 26th
8:00 am to 5:30 pm

McNamara Alumni Center
(Abstract submissions due 8/22.)
 

CMRR Seminar: Benjamin Hayden
Monday, September 12th
9:30 am

CMRR Seminar Room
Benjamin Hayden, PhD, University of Rochester
"Macro and Micro: Bridging across levels in neuroeconomics"
 

- AUGUST 2016 -
 

MDT Seminar: Prakash Kara
Monday, August 29th
12:00 pm

CMRR Seminar Room
Dr. Prakash Kara, PhD, Medical University of South Carolina
"Synaptic, Spiking and Vascular Cortical Maps of Sensory Stimulus Selectivity"

 

- JULY 2016 -
 

Friday, July 8th, from 2:30 to 5:15 pm
Tech Center, 6600 Building, Starkey Hearing Technologies, Eden Prairie, MN
IEEE Distinguished Lecture Series (Registration required.)
"SMART IoT Protocols for Smart World"
Dr. Chonggang Wang

 

- JUNE 2016 -
 

Friday, June 17th, at 11:00 am
CMRR Seminar Room 2-102
"Imaging emergent properties of neural circuits"
Rafael Yuste, MD, PhD, Columbia University, Professor and Co-Director of the Kavli Institute for Brain Science
 

- MAY 2016 -

CATSS Spring Symposium: Neural Interfaces for Sensory Loss
Thursday, May 19th, 12:30 to 5:00pm
McNamara Alumni Center

 
12:30pm - Participant Arrival and Registration - Johnson Room (Posters put up; light snacks and beverages will be provided.)
 
12:45pm - Introduction & Opening Lecture: Dr. Geoff Ghose, Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Radiology, and Psychology, University of Minnesota: Optimizing the behavioral efficacy of cortical stimulation for perception.
 
1:30pm - Keynote Lecture: Dr. Robert V. (Bob) Shannon, Professor of Research in Otolaryngology, Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience, University of Southern California: Adventures in auditory prostheses.
 
2:30pm - Break for Poster Session & Refreshments in The Commons
 
2:55pm - Panel Discussion and Audience Participation
 
3:30pm - Closing Lecture: Dr. Inyong Choi, Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Iowa: Brain-computer interface operated by selective auditory attention: a neurofeedback-use scenario.
 
4:30pm - Steps toward follow-up and future collaborations; sign up for small-group sessions.
 

- APRIL 2016 -
 

Thursday-Friday, April 14-15
The Commons Hotel, Minneapolis
Minnesota Neuromodulation Symposium (Institute for Engineering in Medicine)
Organized by the University of Minnesota's Institute for Engineering in Medicine, and co-sponsored by MnDRIVE Brain Conditions and the Center for Neuroengineering, this symposium highlights recent advances in the field of neuromodulation, showcasing presentations from internationally recognized leaders in academia, industry, and government. Networking opportunities and interactive panel sessions will be made available throughout the two days to help facilitate energetic discussions and new ideas on the most recent topics in neuromodulation. Abstract Deadline: Tuesday, March 1.
For more information, including abstract submission, click here.
 

- FEBRUARY 2016 -
 

Saturday, February 27
McNamara Alumni Center
A Brighter U - Lunch Panel Discussion
"Coming to our Senses: How Advances in Neuroscience are Restoring our Sight and Hearing" with Peggy Nelson, Gordon Legge, Andrew Oxenham, and Hubert Lim
Cost: $30, $25 for UMAA members. Includes lunch; 2 topic sessions; and a ticket for 1 glass of wine or beer at the closing social hour. Space is limited, so RSVP today!
 

- JANUARY 2016 -
 

Friday, January 29th, at 5:30 pm
Phillips Wangensteen Building, Room 8-335
"Auditory Brainstem Implant Surgery: Past, Present, and Future"
Daniel J. Lee, MD, FACS, Massachusetts Eye and Ear

 

Monday, January 25th, at 4:15 pm
101 Walter Library
"Incorporating Virtual Reality and Brain Imaging Tools in Clinical Assessment of Concussive Injury"
Semyon M. Slobounov, PhD, Professor of Kinesiology, Penn State
 

Thursday and Friday, January 14-15th
S30 Elliott Hall (CATSS Conference Room)
Small-Group Brainstorming Sessions:
   - Thursday (1/14) Afternoon, 2:30-4:30pm: Balance, inner ear.
   - Friday (1/15) Morning, 9:00-11:00am: Visual neuroscience, imaging, brain injury, attention.
   - Friday (1/15) Afternoon, 2:30-4:30pm: Hearing, perception, and rehabilitation.
 

Tuesday, January 12th, at 3:00pm
S30 Elliott Hall (CATSS Conference Room)
Manufacturer's Demo of the OrCam System:
A portable device with a smart camera designed to assist people who are visually impaired.
 

Wednesday, January 6th, at 10:15am
Fox Business Network: Varney & Company
CATSS member Tom Stoffregen will be appearing live on national TV to discuss motion sickness in video games and VR.
 

- NOVEMBER 2015 -
 

Tuesday, November 17th, at 7:30 pm
Phillips Hall, Siebens Building, Rochester, MN
Mayo Foundation Chapter of Sigma Xi Public Lecture
"Building The Bionic Man: The role of biomedical engineering in regenerative medicine."
Raymond Iezzi, MD

 

Friday, November 6th, at 3:00 pm
CMRR Seminar Room 2-102
"The neural circuitry of reading"
Jason Yeatman, University of Washington

 

Monday, November 2nd, at 3:35 pm
Room 2-101 Nils Hasselmo Hall
BMEn 8601 Graduate Seminar
"New approaches for treating hearing disorders and pain: Invasive to noninvasive and brain to body"
Hubert Lim, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

 

- OCTOBER 2015 -
 

Friday, October 30th, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Weisman Art Museum, Sheppard Room and River View Gallery
The Official CATSS Opening Scientific Symposium

 

Thursday, October 29th, at 4:30 pm
N639 Elliott Hall
Public Dissertation Defense
"Understanding Auditory Context Effects and their Implications"
Ningyuan Wang, Department of Psychology (Advisor: Andrew Oxenham)
 

Wednesday, October 21st, at 7:00 pm
Coffman Memorial Union Theater
Andrew Solomon: "Far From the Tree: Parents, Children & the Search for Identity"
 

Tuesday, October 20th, at 12:00 pm
Mayo Auditorium - 4th Floor
Otto Schmitt Distinguished Lecture
"Engineering and Life Sciences: Celebrating the Past, Envisioning the Future"
Robert M. Nerem, PhD, Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
 

- SEPTEMBER 2015 -
 

Monday, September 21st, from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm
McNamara Alumni Center
Institute for Engineering in Medicine (IEM) Annual Conference and Retreat
 

- AUGUST 2015 -
 

Tuesday, August 11th, at 4:00 pm
Wallin Medical Bioscience Building (WMBB), 3-143 Conference Room
Institute for Translational Neuroscience (ITN) Research Conference Presentation
"Research and Development Towards a Second Clinical Trial for a New Central Auditory Prosthesis"
Hubert Lim, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

NEWS:
 

- JULY 2017 -

  • The project "Optimizing the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System for Visual Functioning Using Brain Signals" (PI: Gordon Legge) received grant support from the Engdahl Family Research Award. Part of the funding will support postdoc Yingchen He in the collaboration between CATSS, Ophthalmology, and SecondSight.

- JUNE 2017 -

  • CATSS Podcast #3: Dr. Andrew Oxenham, produced by Ken Mills.
  • A Larson Davis Model 831 sound level meter is added to the lab.
  • An Otometrics AURICAL hearing aid fitting system is added to the lab.

- MAY 2017 -

  • A Display++ LCD monitor (Cambridge Research Systems) is added to the lab for the presentation of calibrated visual stimuli, with precision timing and synchronization with external equipment, for use with vision research.
  • Read the "Community network for deaf scientists" Letter to the Editor in Science Magazine.
  • A Tobii Pro Glasses 2 mobile eye tracking system is added to the lab, including wireless 100-Hz tracking and prescription lens for subjects without normal vision or contacts.

- APRIL 2017 -

- MARCH 2017 -

- FEBRUARY 2017 -

- JANUARY 2017 -

2016 MSP Lab Usage (Click to enlarge.)
Weekly UsageUse by Equipment

- OCTOBER 2016 -

- SEPTEMBER 2016 -

- AUGUST 2016 -

- JULY 2016 -

- MAY 2016 -

  • The CATSS Spring Symposium: "Neural Interfaces for Sensory Loss" featured lectures by Robert Shannon, Geoff Ghose, and Inyong Choi.

- APRIL 2016 -

- MARCH 2016 -

  • Visual acuity and contrast sensitivity charts are added for visual screening. Charts included are: ETDRS/Colenbrander mixed contrast charts, Pelli-Robson contrast sensitivity charts, Mars letter contrast sensitivity tests, MNRead continuous text charts, IResT: International reading speed texts.
  • An AMTI AccuSway Optimized force platform, with NetForce software, is added to the MSP Lab for the assessment of balance and the measurement of postural sway.

- FEBRUARY 2016 -

  • A Maico MA-40 Air/Bone Audiometer, with both standard and insert phones, is added to CATSS and the MSP Lab for hearing screening.
  • A Nidek Technologies Microperimeter MP1 is added to CATSS, courtesy of the Minnesota Laboratory for Low-Vision Research (Legge Lab), for the generation of sensitivity maps of the retina and retinography.
  • Elizabeth Anderson becomes the Project Manager for CATSS.

- JANUARY 2016 -
 
Brighter U Video

  • Peggy Nelson is filmed in the MSP Lab for "Faculty Research Highlights" and "A Brighter U". (Click for YouTube video.)
  • An ANT Neuro MyLab (mobile, 64-channel) EEG system is added to the MSP Lab, along with additional sensors such as an accelerometer, GSR, breathing, and temperature sensors.
  • An infrasound generating device, a TRW-17 rotary woofer from Eminent Technology, is installed and tested in CATSS. (Click for photo.)
  • Balance assessment equipment, provided by Michael Sullivan, is added to CATSS, including Otometrics ICS Chartr 200 Systems for central/peripheral vestibular system testing and auditory evoked responses, as well as a water caloric stimulator (Model NCI-480) for caloric reflex testing.
  • Michael Sullivan joins CATSS as a participating scientist focusing on balance assessment.

2015 MSP Lab Usage (Click to enlarge.)
Weekly UsageUse by Equipment

- DECEMBER 2015 -

  • Etymotic Research ER1 insert earphones are added to MSP Booth 2.
  • A second Biosemi ActiveTwo (64-channel) EEG system is added to the MSP Lab (for use in Booth 2), along with the skin conductance module.
  • Eugene Brandewie joins CATSS as a participating scientist from the hearing-aid company GN ReSound.

- NOVEMBER 2015 -

  • CATSS begins accepting applications for its Small Grant Award and Student Travel Award.
  • The MSP Lab's Booth 2 is set up with the Tobii TX300 eye tracker, as well as headphones and speakers for audio presentation.

- OCTOBER 2015 -

- SEPTEMBER 2015 -

- AUGUST 2015 -

  • Akshat Arneja leaves the MSP Lab to begin graduate school at the University of California - Irvine.

- JULY 2015 -

  • CATSS was featured in the U of M Research: Inquiry Blog (from the Office of the Vice President for Research) titled "Center to advance sensory research across disciplines", by Kevin Coss.
  • Renovation of the CATSS space in Elliott Hall begins, along with the expansion of the MSP Lab. (See "before" photos.)
  • The Office of the Vice President for Research's (OVPR) Research Infrastructure Investment Program approves the funding of an expansion of the MSP Lab, including a second testing chamber, various additional equipment, as well as the renovation of the CATSS space in Elliott Hall!
  • July 6th, 2015: The Center for Applied and Translational Sensory Science (CATSS) officially starts.

 

- (PRE-CATSS) MSP LAB NEWS -

May 2015
A Tobii TX300 eye tracker is added to the lab for measurements at a higher sampling rate than the lab's current Tobii T60XL, as well as the potential for improved synchronization with EEG recordings.

April 2015
The new Center for Applied and Translational Sensory Science (CATSS) is approved and funded by The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR). The Center will be located adjacent to the MSP Lab, and a future merger of the MSP and CATSS is likely.

March 2015
Over the first three months of 2015, the average weekly use of the lab (40 hours/week) exceeded the maximum week's usage from 2014 (39 hours).
The MSP's Tobii T60XL eye tracker malfunctions and is temporarily replaced by the same model on loan from Tobii Technology LLC.

2014 MSP Lab Usage (Click to enlarge.)
Weekly UsageUse by Equipment

December 2014
The 2014 lab usage totals are in, with eye tracking being the primary use of the lab in its first full year of operation.

November 2014
The MSP is given a pair of Tobii Glasses 1 (for mobile eye tracking) by Engel Lab.

May 2014
Additional foam insulation is placed around the metal pipes, which support the speaker array and projectors within the booth, to reduce reverberation.

April 2014
The Multi-Sensory Perception Lab's Grand Opening!
An emotion tracking system is added to the lab, consisting of iMotions: Attention Tool/FACET facial expression recognition software combined with a Shimmer GSR+ Module for skin conductance and pulse measurements.

February 2014
The lab's website (msp.psych.umn.edu) is launched.

January 2014
Andrew Byrne joins the MSP as Lab Coordinator.

 
December 2013
The Multi-Sensory Perception Lab's Open House!
Epson PowerLite 485W projectors are installed in the booth along with a new three-screen setup.

October 2013
The first research groups begin running experiments in the lab.
A Tobii T60XL eye-tracking system is added to the lab.

May 2013
The EEG system is expanded to 64 channels.

March 2013
A Vicon Motion Systems infrared motion-tracking system is added to the lab.
The booth's 48-channel speaker array is completed.

 
December 2012
The initial projectors for the booth are installed along with a curved, panoramic screen.

November 2012
Eugene Brandewie joins the APC group as a Postdoc and as a programmer for the MSP Lab.

October 2012
Akshat Arneja joins the MSP and APC Labs as a Junior Scientist.
The sound-attenuating chamber is constructed.

September 2012
Renovation of S22 Elliott Hall, the new home for the MSP Lab, is completed.

July 2012
A Biosemi ActiveTwo EEG (8-channel) system is added to the lab.

 
October 2011
Dorea Ruggles joins the APC group as a Postdoc and as Coordinator of the MSP Lab.

June 2011
The University of Minnesota grants nearly $1 million to build the Multi-Sensory Perception (MSP) Laboratory - a facility that will be open to investigators throughout the University to pursue perception-related research.

 

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