News

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 3:00pm

Announcements

  • 5/25 - New article published in The Scientist highlighting our recent discoveries published in Neuron!
     
  • 5/25 -  Congratulations to Hongsun et al. and our Caltech colleagues for having their work published in Neuron! Read our lab’s  paper and our colleague’s paper to learn about the auditory effect caused by ultrasound stimulation.
     
  • 1/18 - Congratulations SONIC Lab for the new DARPA ElectRx grant to pursue a clinical trial evaluating ultrasound neuromodulation of the spleen to treat rheumatoid arthritis in collaboration with Dr. Erik Peterson's team in the Division of Rheumatic and Autoimmune Diseases in the Medical School. 
     
  • 1/18 - Congratulations SONIC Lab for recently being awarded a DARPA Phase II grant to pursue ultrasound neuromodulation of the immune system for pain treatment with Medtronic (Dr. Sara Offutt's team) and Dr. Bryce Binstadt's lab (Pediatric Rheumatology)
     
  • 12/17 - In collaboration with members of Medtronic, the SONIC lab has submitted an exciting new paper highlighting the effects of ultrasound on the auditory system. Publications
     
  • 12/17 - We welcome two new graduate student members to the SONIC lab, Abby Heiller and Claire Kaiser!
     
  • 12/17 - We welcome a new undergraduate student member to the SONIC lab, James Kerber, who will work with John on ultrasound hearing technologies.
     
  • 11/17 - We welcome a new high school student member to the SONIC lab, Aditya Satish, who will work with Yezih on testing our mSync treatment for tinnitus patients.
     
  • 9/17 - Dr. Lim serves as new Chief Scientific Officer at Neuromod Devices in Dublin, Ireland!
     
  • 9/17 - Welcome to the lab Kate Fernandez, who is in the President's Distinguished Mentor Faculty Program at the University of Minnesota. She will be working with Gerardo performing invasive recordings of the auditory system. 
     
  • 8/17 - Welcome to the lab Caitlin Brehmer to work with Yezih and Martha! 
     
  • 8/17 - Congratulations to John Basile and Gerardo Rodriguez for obtaining the NRT Fellowship through the Center for Cognitive Sciences and the Center for Applied and Translational Sensory Science!
     
  • 8/17 - National Science Foundation funds our "NRT Graduate Training Program in Sensory Science: Optimizing the Information for Mind and Brain" led by Dr. Victoria Interrante and affiliated with CCS and CATSS.
     
  • 8/17- The SONIC Lab is excited to welcome its newest member, John Basile! John has a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Lousiana Tech and he will be working with ultrasound technologies applied to hearing disorders.
     
  • 6/17- Congratulations to Gerardo Rodriguez for obtaining the T32 Fellowship through the Neuroimaging Training Program!
     
  • 5/17 - Congratulations to Cory Gloeckner for successfully defending his PhD thesis titled "Inducing Neural Plasticity and Modulation Using Multisensory Stimulation: Techniques for Sensory Disorder Treatment"! He will remain working in the SONIC Lab as a postdocfor the upcoming year.
     
  • 5/17 - Welcome to the lab Elizabeth Batman. Excited to have you work on our human study with Yezih Mesfin and Martha Westman on the enhanced hearing aid to treat tinnitus.
     
  • 4/17 - Great posters at the Minnesota Neuromodulation Symposium by lab members Mark Hamilton and Hongsun Guo. Cory Gloeckner also was chosen to present a selected highlight talk. The title of his talk was: "The effects of stress on plasticity and neuromodulation outcomes".
     
  • 4/17 - Congratulations Hubert for being awarded the Institute for Engineering in Medicine Outstanding Service Award presented to him at the 2017 Minnesota Neuromodulation Symposium.
     
  • 3/17 - New book chapter on auditory implants in the 2nd Edition of Neuroprosthetics: Theory and Practice was published together with Drs. Meredith Adams, Peggy Nelson and Andrew Oxhenam. Publications
     
  • 1/17 - Great video featuring Dr. Lim, Yezih and Marti highlighting the value of the MnDRIVE and what the SONIC lab is doing to treat tinnitus. Check it out!

     
  • 1/17 - Congratulations to Pooja Mehta for obtaining a Data Scientist position at Preventice Solutions in Houston! She will be greatly missed.
     
  • 11/16 - Today we welcome the newest member of SONIC lab, Gerardo Rodriguez! He will be joining us from the University of Utah and working on a novel hearing aid device.
     
  • 10/16- Excellent presentations by SONIC lab members and collaborators at the Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting, including talks titled "Can Ultrasound Activate Nerves in vivo?" , "Controlling Modulation and Plasticity in Sensory Cortices Through Neuromodulation", and "Stimulation of Deep Layers But Not Surface of Auditory Cortex Induces Strong Suppression of Activity: Implications for Tinnitus Treatment".
     
  • 9/16- Congratulations to Dr. Hubert Lim for receiving the 2016 IEM Faculty Career Development Award that was presented to him at the Institute for Engineering in Medicine (IEM) at the University of Minnesota.
     
  • 9/16 - The SONIC Lab is awarded a grant from NIH through the newly established REACH Program to push basic science research towards human application and commercialization. This project will pursue a human study to test an enhanced hearing aid concept for tinnitus treatment.
     
  • 8/16 - Recent article highlighting research in the SONIC Lab to develop a new neuromodulation treatment for tinnitus. This research will be led by researchers Yezih Mesfin and Jennifer Wittman from Dr. Lim’s lab. http://www.continuum.umn.edu/2016/08/information-accelerates-innovation/#.V8b9EKJWJkl
     
  • 6/16 - Lab members Hongsun Guo and Mark Hamilton present posters at the Neural Interfaces Conference in Baltimore. These posters include "Investigating Ultrasound Suppression and Activation Effects on Sciatic Nerve in vivo" and "Ultrasound Neuromodulation: Is it Direct Neural Activation or Vibratory Cochlear Activiation of the Brain?".
     
  • 4/16 - Great presentation by Cory Gloeckner titled "Controlling Plasticity in Sensory Cortical Regions using Multisensory Neuromodulation" at the Minnesota Neuromodulation Symposium.
     
  • 12/15 - Watch this great interview of Dr. Lim by WCCO in which some potential benefits of sound therapy are described by a harmonic sound therapist. The SONIC lab is investigating how these types of effects can be controlled to relieve symptoms of various diseases and improve healthcare.  http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2015/12/07/ancient-treatment-sound-therapy-rediscovered-in-minnesota/
     
  • 4/15 - Great job Sarah on your talk presenting our brain stimulation research to Minnesota House of Representative Cindy Pugh!

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  • 3/15 - The SONIC Lab has received a new MnDRIVE grant to develop and optimize ultrasound stimulation to modulate the brain for treating various neurological disorders, including tinnitus and pain. The SONIC Lab is also partnering with Medtronic and has obtained a multi-million dollar grant from the DARPA ElecRx Program under the oversight of Program Manager Dr. Doug Weber.
     
  • 10/14 - The SONIC Lab is part of a transdisciplinary team seeking to develop a new noninvasive neuromodulation approach for treating tinnitus and other brain conditions that is highlighted on Inquiry.
     
  • 8/14 - Dr. Lim and the SONIC Lab are leading a new clinical study funded by the NIH to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a new deep brain stimulation array for hearing restoration that is highlighted on Inquiry.
     
  • 7/14 - Craig Markovitz and Sarah Offutt gave an outstanding talk during Senator Jeremy Miller's visit.

 

 

Awards & Recognition

  • Gerardo Rodriguez - NRT Traineeship, 2017

The NSF sponsored NRT, affiliated with the Center for Cognitive Sciences and the Center for Applied and Translational Sensory Sciences, has a focus in bringing together students and faculty interested in optimizing the information for mind and brain. It brings together fields from engineering, psychology, speech-language-hearing, and many others to develop effective assistive technologies. 
 

  • John Basile - NRT Traineeship, 2017

The NSF sponsored NRT, affiliated with the Center for Cognitive Sciences and the Center for Applied and Translational Sensory Sciences, has a focus in bringing together students and faculty interested in optimizing the information for mind and brain. It brings together fields from engineering, psychology, speech-language-hearing, and many others to develop effective assistive technologies. 
 

  • Gerardo Rodriguez - T32/NTP Traineeship, 2017

This one year traineeship sponsored by the NIH is aimed at bringing faculty and students from neuroscience, engineering, and radiology to develop an interdisciplinary collaboration to further the advances in neuroscience. .
 

  • Gerardo Rodriguez - IGERT Traineeship, 2016

The NSF sponsored Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship is aimed at bridging the fields of engineering and neuroscience. This is a two year fellowship awarded first year graduate students pursing the grand challenges in Systems Neuroengineering.
 

  • Hongsun Guo - MnDRIVE Fellowship in Neuromodulation, 2016

    This is a one year fellowship through the Discoveries and Treatments for Brain Conditions area of the MnDRIVE (Minnesota Discovery, Reesearch and InnoVation Economy) initiative. It is intended to fund students towards their neuromodulation research in training.
     
  • Sarah Offutt - Minnesota Neuromodulation Symposium - 3rd Place, 2015
     
  • Kristen Lewis - Undergraduate Research Award (UROP), 2015
     
  • Miriam Smetak - Augustine Fellowship, 2015
     

This is a one year fellowship through the Institute of Engineering in Medicine that allows students to complete the MS portion of their MS/MD. Miriam will be completing her MS portion in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.
 

  • Cory Gloeckner - InterDisciplinary Fellowship, 2015

This is a highly competitive, one year fellowship awarded by the University of Minnesota that promotes interdisciplinary research. Cory will be undertaking a project in collaboration with the Center for Spirituality and Healing.
 

  • Mark Hamilton - IGERT Traineeship, 2015

The NSF sponsored Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship is aimed at bridging the fields of engineering and neuroscience. This is a two year fellowship awarded first year graduate students pursing the grand challenges in Systems Neuroengineering.
 

  • Mark Hamilton - Roche/ARCS Foundation Award, 2015

This is a three year award given to Ph.D. candidates in the life sciences.
 

  • Margo Straka - Homewood-Postdoctoral Association (HW-PDA) 2nd Annual Poster Competition at Johns Hopkins University - 1st place, 2014
     
  • Sarah Offutt - Annual IEM Conference Poster Competition Award in Neuroengineering - 2nd Place, 2014
     
  • Sarah Offutt - Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2014

This is a one year fellowship is awarded by the University of Minnesota to Ph.D. candidates in their last year and gives them the opportunity to devote full-time effort to research and dissertation writing.

  • Sarah Offutt - Minnesota Neuromodulation Symposium - 1st Place, 2014
     
  • Craig Markovtiz and Sarah Offutt - TRI International Travel Scholarship, 2014

This travel scholarship provided by Tinnitus Research Initiative allowed Craig and Sarah to travel to and present at the 8th International TRI Tinnitus Conference held in Auckland, New Zealand.
 

  • Craig Markovtiz and Sarah Offutt - GAPSA Travel Grant, 2014
     
  • Robby Hughes - Undergraduate Research Award (UROP), 2014
     
  • Sarah Offutt and Margo Straka - Annual IEM Conference Poster Competition Award in Neuroengineering, 2013
     
  • Kellie Ryan - Minnesota High Tech Association Foundation Scholarship, 2013 

This scholarship honors undergraduate students who excel in STEM disciplines.
 

  • Sarah Offutt - John Bowers Excellence in Teaching Assistance Award, 2013 

This award honors an outstanding teaching assistant who has demonstrated exceptional interest and commitment to teaching of CSE students.
 

  • Cory Gloeckner - Minnesota Neuromodulation Symposium - 3rd Place, 2013
     
  • Megan Harris and Luke Parker - Undergraduate Research Award (UROP), 2013
     
  • Craig Markovitz - Best Poster Award from the 4th Annual Symposium on Neuroengineering, 2012
     
  • Henisha DhandhusariaPatrick HoganPatrick Lee, and Sam Schmitz - Undergraduate Research Award (UROP), 2012
     
  • Craig Markovitz - Frieda Martha Kunze Fellowship, 2012

This is a one year fellowship awarded to only two graduate students in biochemistry, chemistry, or biomedical sciences at the University of Minnesota.
 

  • Margo Straka - GAPSA Travel Grant, 2012
     
  • Cory Gloeckner - IGERT Traineeship, 2011 

The NSF sponsored Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship is aimed at bridging the fields of engineering and neuroscience. This is a two year fellowship awarded first year graduate students pursing the grand challenges in Systems Neuroengineering.
 

  • Sarah Offutt - GAPSA Travel Grant, 2011
     
  • Kellie RyanTien Tang, and Paul Westhoff - Undergraduate Research Award (UROP), 2011
     
  • Craig Markovitz - Walter Barnes Lang Fellowship, 2010 

This fellowship is awarded to graduate students at the University of Minnesota that have demonstrated excellence and dedication to engineering in medicine.
 

  • Rekha Narayanan and Tien Tang - Undergraduate Research Award (UROP), 2010
     
  • Craig Markovitz - Translation Research in Neurobiology of Disease Training Grant (TRINOD), 2010 

This is a one year fellowship awarded by the NIH to students pursuing projects related to translating scientific discoveries to clinical applications in the field of neurological diseases. Craig will be studying the descending projections from cortical regions to the midbrain for the eventual use in a cortical stimulator in the treatment of tinnitus.
 

  • Hubert H. Lim - Featured Article In Trends in Amplification, 2009

Auditory midbrain implant: A review       
 

  • Hubert H. Lim - Peter and Patricia Gruber International Research Award in Neuroscience, 2007 

This is an award presented annually at the Society for Neuroscience Meeting to promising young neuroscientists that have demonstrated excellence in their field and in their ongoing international collaborations.
Gruber Award     
 

  • Hubert H. Lim - Featured Article In Journal of Neuroscience, 2007

Electrical Stimulation of the Midbrain for Hearing Restoration: Insight into the Functional Organization of the Human Central Auditory System 
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  • Hubert H. Lim - Featured Article In Journal of Neuroscience, 2007

Spatially Distinct Functional Output Regions within the Central Nucleus of the Inferior Colliculus: Implications for an Auditory Midbrain Implant 
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