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Toward a Speech Neuroprosthesis

Edward F. Chang, MD - Chair
Department of Neurosurgery
UCSF School of Medicine

Dr. Edward Chang, newly appointed Neurosurgery Chair at UCSF, is an internationally renowned surgeon–scientist, who specializes in the treatment of epilepsy, brain tumors, and cranial nerve disorders. A world leader in the evolving field of human brain mapping, Dr. Chang uses sophisticated techniques to preserve critical areas for speech and motor function. His research focuses on the brain mechanisms that underlie the perception and production of speech. With publications in Cell, Science, Nature, Nature Neuroscience and Neuron, Dr. Chang has made fundamental discoveries that provide the basis for the translational development of future speech prosthetic devices.

As co-director of the Center for Neural Engineering and Prostheses, Chang leads a collaboration between scientists at UCSF and the University of California, Berkeley, which is focused upon restoring neurological function in patients with paralysis and speech disorders.

A Howard Hughes Medical Institute Faculty Scholar with over 200 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Chang’s interests also extend to improving methods of seizure localization and epilepsy treatments, neural circuits of depression and pain and potential targets for therapeutic neurostimulation.

 Sep 25, 2020 @ 9:00 a.m.

Host: Department of Neurosurgery, 24th Frank P. Smith Visiting Professor