Kluver Symposium: Inaugural Spencer Block Lecture: The Future of Brain/Machine Interfaces

Chicago, IL US
June 24, 2016
This one-day symposium will present the background, history, and current research of brain/computer interfaces. Speakers drawn from across the United States will present state-of-the-art advances in the development of areas like cochlear implants to partially restore hearing in previously deaf patients and devices to restore motor function in amputees or patients with spinal cord damage. Additional lectures will examine preliminary work to enhance cognition. A final presentation will review the ethical considerations in prosthetic research and the future availability of prosthetic devices. 

Target Audience

This activity has been designed for physicians, scientists, and bioengineers as well as others interested in the areas of philosophy, bioethics, neurosurgery, and neurology.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the basic history, progress, problems, and future of brain/machine interfaces;
  • Identify how the cochlear implant restores hearing and what cochlear implant improvements are in development;
  • Illustrate how artificial limbs are being developed and the different strategies the brain uses to control them;
  • Evaluate the merits of retinal and cortical visual prostheses and their potential impact;
  • Discuss how cognition might be enhanced through interfaces with computer technology;
  • Analyze the ethical controversies surrounding prosthetic research, including how such expensive technology can be equitably provided to individuals who would benefit from them.




Additional information
ACGME/ABMS Core Competencies: 
Medical Knowledge
Systems-based Practice
For more information, please contact:
CME Coordinator Contact Name: 
Cecilia Ehlenbach
CME Coordinator Contact Email: 
CME Coordinator Contact Phone: 
Available credit: 
  • 4.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 4.00 Participation
Event starts: 
06/24/2016 - 8:00am
Event ends: 
06/24/2016 - 2:15pm
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
Gordon Center for Integrative Science
929 E 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
United States
David M. Frim, MD, PhD
The Ralph Cannon Professor and Chief of Neurosurgery
Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics
The University of Chicago Medicine
V. Leo Towle, PhD
Professor of Neurology, Surgery, and Psychology
Technical Director, Intraoperative Monitoring Service
Director, Clinical Evoked Potential Laboratory
The University of Chicago Medicine
Philip R. Troyk, PhD
Associate Dean of Armour College of Engineering
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Professor, Stuart School of Business
Illinois Institute of Technology
Andrew B. Schwartz, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Neurobiology
University of Pittsburgh
Alik Widge, MD, PhD
Director, Translational NeuroEngineering Laboratory Division of Neurotherapeutics
Massachusetts General Hospital Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School Clinical Fellow, Picower Institute for Learning & Memory (MIT)
Fan-Gang Zeng, PhD
Professor and Director, Center for Hearing Research
University of California Irvine
Frank J. Lane, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology
Associate Chair of the Department of Psychology
Illinois Institute of Technology
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Credit Designation
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Nurses and other healthcare professionals will receive a Certificate of Participation. For information on the applicability and acceptance of Certificates of Participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME, please consult your professional licensing board.

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