The Academy’s Panel for Biomedical Engineering held a three-day conference on neural engineering for early-career researchers and their mentors.

The conference, hosted by the Institute of Digital Healthcare at the University of Warwick, brought together 20 researchers from a range of universities who presented their work across disciplines including electrical engineering, signal processing and computational and experimental neuroscience.

Professor Christopher James, who organised the conference, said: “Neural engineers solve design problems at the interface of living neural tissue and non-living systems. Like other areas of biomedical engineering, neural engineering draws on the expertise of a variety of disciplines such as computational and experimental neuroscience, clinical neurology, electrical engineering and signal processing. Of special note is the interface with living neural tissue, which brings together elements from robotics, cybernetics, computational engineering, neural tissue engineering, materials science and nanotechnology.

“Neural engineering has a strong research component but also has some very clear and beneficial goals, such as restoring the ability to interact with the environment following stroke or debilitating neural disease through interfacing technology directly with the human nervous system. It is also possible to augment human function in much the same way.”

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Notes for editors

  1. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship - comprising the UK's most eminent engineers - provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain's engineering community.
  2. The young researchers futures meeting for neural engineering took place from 19 to 21 September at the Institute of Digital Healthcare at the University of Warwick. It brought together early postgraduates and mentors in various areas and disciplines underpinning neural engineering. The event was designed to help in the career development of postgraduates and enable them to discuss papers, improve networking and give young researchers an opportunity to showcase their work.
  3. Engineering is at the heart of society, underpinning and continually improving the quality of our lives. The Royal Academy of Engineering brings together the country’s most eminent engineers from all disciplines to promote excellence and support the engineering performance of the UK. Biomedical engineering creates new medical technologies and systems that can greatly improve patient care and quality of life. The Panel for Biomedical Engineering is the Academy’s forum for this increasingly important area of engineering in which the UK is taking a lead.

For more information please contact

Katherine MacGregor at The Royal Academy of Engineering Tel. 020 7766 0623; email: Katherine MacGregor