- AUGUST 2018 - 

CATSS at the Minnesota State Fair!
Wednesday, August 29th

U of M Crossroads Building


CATSS Brown Bag Series: Summer 2018
CATSS Conference Room, S30 Elliott Hall

Monday, June 4th, 3:00pm
     Facilitator: Peggy Nelson
Monday, June 18th, 3:00pm
     "Aging and sensory substitution/augmentation to improve sensorimotor performance"
Monday, July 16th, 3:00pm
     "Social influences on speech intelligibility"
     Facilitator: Ben Munson
Monday, July 30th, 3:00pm
     "Dual vision and hearing loss"
     Facilitator: Yingzi Xiong et al.
Monday, August 13th, 3:00pm
     "Do acoustic reflexes influence temporal envelope processing?"
     Facilitator: Magda Wojtczak

- JUNE 2018 - 

26th Annual International Conference on
Management of the Tinnitus & Hyperacusis Patient

Thursday & Friday, June 14th-15th
The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
   Program Website
   Registration Website

- MAY 2018 -

- ASA 2018 (Minneapolis) -

Click here for a list of talks and posters by CATSS members and their students.

CATSS Open House
Sunday, May 6th, 2:00-5:00pm
Location: CATSS, S30 Elliott Hall, UMN

Peggy Nelson and Andrew Oxenham invite you to an Open House at CATSS. Come visit our Center, meet up with friends and colleagues before the meeting mayhem begins. Posters of graduate trainees in our new training program in translational sensory science will be available for viewing. Snacks and beverages will be served. Discussion of possible collaborations will be welcome.

Reception for Neal Viemeister
Tuesday, May 8th, 9:00pm
Location: The Local (Irish Pub), 931 Nicollet Mall
 (10-min walk from the Hyatt)
Join us for an informal reception to celebrate Neal Viemeister's career after the P&P Technical Committee meeting (around 9:00 pm).

Viemeister Open House
Thursday, May 10th, 6:00-9:00pm
Location: White Bear Lake, MN

Neal and Ginny Viemeister invite you to an open house at their home. Dinner provided, everyone welcome!


Psychiatry Grand Rounds: Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series
Wednesday, May 2nd, 11:00am-12:00pm
Wilf Family Center Auditorium, UMMCH

Michael M. Merzenich, PhD
"Rethinking Psychiatry: How neuroplasticity changes everything"

Huppert Intensive fNIRS Analysis Course
Thursday-Friday, May 24-25th
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
   This fNIRS course will cover the topics of experimental design strategies, data preprocessing, first level statistical analysis, group level analysis models, image reconstruction, connectivity, and multimodal imaging. Recommended for those with intermediate to advanced fNIRS experience, and familiarity with introductory statistics or signal processing, and Matlab. To register, use this link: https://cce.upmc.com/ and click on the May 24th link for the "fNIRS Advanced Data Analysis 2018". ($200/attendee.)

- MARCH 2018 - 

Research Integrity and Trustworthy Science: Challenges & Solutions
Thursday, March 8th

Coffman Theater
   Register Online

- 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.)


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

- 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 [email protected]

- APRIL 2017 - 

6th Annual Spring Vision Research Symposium & Poster Session
Friday, April 21st

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

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" 

- 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. 

- 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