BioMedEng18 Workshops

Motor Neuron Interfacing & Biomedical Applications

Thursday 6th September 2018 at 11:15 - 12:45

Keynote Speaker: Professor Simon Gandevia

Keynote Title: "Motor Neurons: some unexpected messages"


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Professor Simon Gandevia (PhD, MD, DSc) is Deputy Director of Neuroscience Research Australia in Sydney and an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow.


He studied medicine at the University of New South Wales and subsequently conducted research in clinical neurophysiology at the Prince Henry Hospital.  In 1992, he established the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute (now Neuroscience Research Australia).


His research on volunteers and patients focuses on four areas: proprioceptive mechanisms, human motor control and muscle fatigue, neural control of breathing, and the passive behavior of muscles.  He has published more than a hundred papers in the Journal of Physiology.

He has had longstanding editorial roles with the Journal of Physiology and Journal of Applied Physiology and currently heads an NHMRC program in ‘Motor Impairment’. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 1998 and the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences in 2016.

[ORCID 0000-0002-1345-3821]

Other talks in this workshop

  • M. Bräcklein, Imperial College London - 'Decorrelation of Common Input to a Muscle’s Motor Neuron Pool​'

  • G. Puttaraksa, Imperial College London - 'Common and independent synaptic input to motor neurons in essential tremor patients​'

  • M. Rotherham, Keele University - 'Remote control of cell signalling with magnetic particles for neuronal cell differentiation- emerging therapies for Parkinsons disease​'

  • N.Steadman, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington, Oxford - 'A Robotic System to Automate Parameter Tuning for Deep Brain Stimulators​'

  • Alessandro Del Vecchio, Imperial College London - 'You are as fast as your motor neurons: Early recruitment and maximal discharge of motor neurons determine the maximal rate of force development in humans'