Shirley Ryan AbilityLab


Research Seminar Series

Posted By Rick Lieber


Mondays: 12:00PM - 1:00PM


Sky Lobby Auditorium, 10th floor, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab


10 Weekly Sessions


Summer Quarter 2021: July 12 – Sept 13

The summer quarter seminar series will be held in a webinar format only. No in-person viewing rooms are reserved. Zoom webinar links will be shared via weekly announcement emails and calendar invitations. If you would like to be added to the distribution list (Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Northwestern University, and Affiliates only), please contact Dr. Jose Pons, PhD (

July 12 -- Rick Lieber, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer, Senior Vice President of Research, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Physiology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
A vision of future research at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

July 19 -- Antonio Oliviero, MD, PhD
Neurologist and FENNSI Research Group Leader, Hospital Nacional de Parapléjicos, Toledo, Spain
Cofounder of Neurek SL and of Sinfatin SL
The effects of CB1 antagonist/reverse agonist Rimonabant on walking abilities after incomplete spinal cord injury

July 26 -- Antonio Bicchi, PhD
Senior Scientist, Italian Institute of Technology, Genoa; 
Professor, Department of Information Engineering, University of Pisa; 
Adjunct Professor, School of Biological and Healthy Systems Engineering, Arizona State University
Think Soft:  From Robotics to Prosthetics and Rehab, how Soft Tech is Changing the Game

Aug 2 -- Fabio Babiloni, PhD
Full Professor, Human Physiology and Neuroscience, Department of Molecular Medicine, University of Rome - Sapienza
Passive Brain Computer Interfaces for measuring mental workload and stress beyond the laboratory settings: a bioengineering perspective

Aug 9 -- Sandro Mussa-Ivaldi, PhD
Senior Research Scientist, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Professor, Department of Physiology, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering
Body Machine Interfaces: from basic to clinical neuroscience and back

Aug 16 -- Herman van der Kooij, PhD
Research Chair of Biomechatronics and Rehabilitation Technology
Chairman and Full Professor, Department of Biomechanical Engineering, University of Twente
Full Professor, Department of Biomechanical Engineering, Delft University of Technology; The Netherlands Studying human balance control with applications in wearable robotics

Aug 23 -- Mark Tuszynski, MD, PhD
Director, UCSD Translational Neurosciences Institute
Distinguished Professor of Neurosciences, University of California - San Diego
Neural Stem Cell Therapy for SCI

Aug 30 -- Daniel Ferris, PhD
Robert W. Adenbaum Professor in Engineering Innovation, J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering; Professor, University of Florida
Merging humans and machines to assist walking and running: robotic exoskeletons, bionic prostheses, and mobile brain imaging

Sept 6 -- Labor Day Holiday

Sept 13 -- Conor Walsh, PhD
Paul A. Maeder Professor of Engineering and Applied Science at Harvard University, Harvard Biodesign Lab, Harvard University
Soft wearable robots for restoring function after neurological injury


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