A robotic instrument for adaptive neurostimulation
Implantable brain stimulators are now established methods of treating of neurological movement disorders such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease (PD), dystonia, essential tremor, and even non-movement disorders such as depression. These treatments, however, remain almost exclusively ‘open-loop’. Determination of optimal stimulation parameters is complex and clinically demanding. The dissertation goal is to explore robotics as a means of adjusting brain stimulation parameters and provide a foundation for future neurostimulation treatments. Specifically the research will employ a robotic device to:  correlate muscular rigidity and underlying neural signals;  explore robot-assisted rehabilitation targeting PD; and  investigate adaptive tuning of brain implants.
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