Notable neuroscientist is keynote speaker for Vanderbilt’s 11th annual surgery and engineering symposium

The Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering is taking advantage of a five-day annual meeting in Nashville of the American Epilepsy Society by inviting two notable doctors to the VISE December seminar and symposium series.

Dr. Martha Morell will deliver the Dec. 7 keynote address during the VISE 11th Annual Surgery, Intervention, and Engineering Symposium, Wednesday, Dec. 7. Dr. Morrell is a neurologist and Chief Medical Officer at NeuroPace, a supporter of the AES and host of physician events during the meeting.

With expertise in medical devices, neuromodulation, closed loop brain stimulation, neurology and electrophysiology, Dr. Morell’s responsibilities at NeuroPace include all clinical and pre-clinical research for a novel responsive neurostimulator for the treatment of medically uncontrolled epilepsy. She also is a clinical professor of neurology at Stanford University.

Dr. Hal Blumenfeld will deliver a Dec. 1 seminar talk to VISE affiliates prior to being honored by the AES with its Research Recognition Award, Clinical Science. Dr. Blumenfeld is a professor of neurology, neuroscience, and neurosurgery at Yale University. He is an expert on brain mechanisms of consciousness and is recognized for groundbreaking work on altered consciousness in epilepsy

AES workshop presenters include two VISE affiliates: Victoria Morgan, professor of radiology and radiological sciences and biomedical engineering, and Dr. Dario Englot, associate professor of neurological surgery, neurology, radiology and radiological sciences and biomedical engineering and electrical and computer engineering. Thirteen Vanderbilt students will present posters.

Drs. Morgan and Englot are leading an Investigators Workshop called “Integration of Brain Network Analysis into the Epilepsy Surgery Clinical Pipeline.” Englot is also hosting a half day meeting of the Surgical Therapies Commission of ILAE, the parent organization of AES.

In addition, Morgan is leading a poster walking tour on “Neuroimaging.”

Student abstracts are available here: