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NPNL Job Opportunity

Nov 21, 2017

The Neural Plasticity and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory (NPNL) of the University of Southern California, directed by Dr. Sook-Lei Liew, is now looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow with expertise in brain computer interfaces, electroencephalography (EEG), electromyography (EMG) and/or virtual reality (VR).

The laboratory is devoted to the study of neuroplasticity and motor learning in healthy individuals and individuals after stroke. The overall aim is to understand mechanisms of brain plasticity and to apply this knowledge to the development of novel interventions to enhance motor recovery after stroke. The laboratory utilizes neuroimaging (functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)), and behavioral and non-invasive brain stimulation techniques, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and transcranial electric stimulation (tES, including tDCS, tAS, and tRNS). A key portion of research, which will be the focus for this postdoctoral position, involves brain computer interfaces using EEG, EMG, and VR. Research will also entail working with a number of community and clinical partners throughout Los Angeles, California. More information about the NPNL can be found on our website.

The ideal candidate should have, or will soon have, a doctoral degree in a relevant scientific discipline for the Postdoctoral Fellowship. The successful applicant should be highly motivated, organized, quick to learn, and possess strong written and verbal communication skills. Technical knowledge with Matlab and other programming languages (python, Linux, C++, C#) and environments (Unity), an understanding of research methodology, and experience with EEG data acquisition and analysis, brain computer interfaces, and/or machine learning is strongly preferred.

This position is a full-time, one-year fixed-term position and can start as early as November 2017. Click here to apply.

Contribute to a Special Issue in Frontiers in Neuroinformatics!

Nov 1, 2017

Dr. Sook-Lei Liew is editing a Special Issue for Frontiers in Neuroinformatics entitled “Collaborative Efforts for Understanding the Human Brain” with Dr. Neda Jahanshad and Dr. Lianne Schmaal. Manuscripts on efforts for supporting collaborative brain imaging or genomics studies (e.g., using data across at least 2 sites) are welcome and due January 15, 2018. See the announcement for more information:

REINVENT gets featured in CNET article!

Oct 16, 2017

We are excited to share that REINVENT, our brain computer interface that uses EEG, EMG, and virtual reality, was feature in this CNET article! We are beginning to test the REINVENT system with stroke patients in a controlled lab setting; please contact us if you are interested in participating or are interested in finding out more about REINVENT.

3 NPNL’s lab members awarded Division Student Leadership Award for the OTAC Annual Conference!

Oct 10, 2017

The Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy announced that 10 students, including our very own David Saldana, Allie Schmiesing, and Jennifer Chan, for a Critically Appraised Paper (CAP) accepted for online publication in AOTA’s Evidence Exchange. 

According to the American Occupational Therapy (AOTA) Evidence Exchange, this program represents a, “grass roots member effort to engage practitioners, educators, students and researchers in both the CAP submission and review process.  The CAPS are submitted on-line and undergo a peer review process by individuals who have successfully completed a self-study and training program.”
AOTA has long recognized that students and their faculty mentors produce high-quality summaries of individual research articles as part of their academic training.  These CAPs are a valuable contribution to the profession’s overall efforts to provide members with a wide variety of evidence-based practice resources to create a bridge linking education, practice, and research.

Congratulations to David, Allie, and Jennifer for a job well done!

NPNL’s REINVENT Brain Computer Interface featured in IEEE Xplore’s Innovation Spotlight

Aug 29, 2017

We’re really excited to be featured in IEEE Xplore​‘s Innovation Spotlight for our work developing REINVENT, a low-cost brain computer interface that provides virtual reality neurofeedback for people after stroke! We’ve been building this for over a year now with a great team of neuroscientists, engineers, computer scientists, and clinicians from the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and the Mixed Realities Lab from the​ USC Institute for Creative Technologies​.

You can also check out this USC feature article on REINVENT.

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