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CNT/PHT Seminar: “The Future of Brain Interfacing” (Philip Sabes, Neuralink, UCSF)

March 2, 2023 at 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

“The Future of Brain Interfacing”
Brain interfacing holds immense promise, both for restoring lost sensory, motor or cognitive function and for the treatment of neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders. The promise is driving a great deal of interest in brain interfacing technologies — from researchers, industry, investors, and the public — yet the clinical impact of these technologies is still limited. I’ll present my view of present state of brain interfacing and the key challenges and opportunities, as seen through the lens of my earlier research at UCSF and my more recent work in the startup world.
Co-hosted by the Center for Neuroengineering and Therapeutics (CNT) and Penn Health-Tech (PHT): contact with any questions.

Philip Sabes, Ph.D.

Co-Founder Neuralink; Professor Emeritus, UCSF Department of Physiology, University of California, San Francisco

Philip Sabes is a neuroscientist, neural engineer and a Professor Emeritus at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Philip received his PhD from MIT, focusing on machine learning and models of human motor control, and trained as a neurophysiologist during a postdoc with Richard Andersen at Caltech. At UCSF, the Sabes Lab combined neurophysiology, computation, and behavior to discover how sensory feedback drives movement control. The lab also developed technologies for Brain Machine Interfacing (BMI), including the first demonstration of real-time artificial sensory feedback delivered via multi-electrode microsimulation and a novel sewing-machine approach to neural interfacing that allows micron-scale, thin-film devices to be individually implanted in the brain. In 2017, Philip retired from UCSF to help launch Neuralink. While there, the company further developed the sewing machine approach, demonstrating a fully implanted, 1,000 channel device. After leaving Neuralink, Philip co-founded Starfish Neuroscience, a startup focused on Neuromodulation. He currently resides in the Seattle Area.


March 2, 2023
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Center for Neuroengineering and Therapeutics
Penn Health-Tech


Rubenstein Audtorium, Smilow Center for Translational Research