• Lab Presentations at SFN 2015

    Members of the Grill Lab presented 11 different posters at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Chicago. Topics spanned from spinal cord stimulation for pain to peripheral nerve stimulation for treatment of incontinence to deep brain stimulation, with approaches spanning computational modeling through human studies.

  • 2015 Doctoral Graduates

    From left to right: Tianhe "Cheng" Zhang, Meredith McGee, David Brocker, and Bryan Howell

  • Skiing with Lab Alumn Chuck Dorval

    Skiing with Lab Alumn Chuck Dorval

  • The Grill Lab

    Picture taken during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Research

Our activities include design and testing of electrodes and methods for electrical stimulation, development and application of computational approaches to study neural stimulation, and physiological and translational studies of neural control. Our activities span a range of approaches from computational modeling of single cells and interconnected networks, to preclinical in vivo studies, through translation to clinical feasibility studies in humans.

Current research projects include:

  • Deep Brain (DBS): mechanisms of action; technology development; closed-loop control

  • Peripheral Nerve (PNS): recording and stimulation for control of bladder function including restoration of continence and emptying

  • Spinal Cord (SCS): mechanisms of action; technology development

  • Transcranial Magnetic (TMS): experimental studies to determine the effects of TMS on individual neurons

  • Vagus Nerve (VNS): modeling and experimental studies to understand and control stimulation

Our research group currently includes 6 PhD students, 4 post-doctoral research associates, 2 staff research scientists, 2 staff engineers, a staff technician, and 3 undergraduate research assistants. We collaborate closely with physicians from gynecology and urology on our bladder control work, physicians from neurosurgery and neurology on our DBS work, and physicians from neurosurgery on our SCS work.