Oct. 15 Huddle with the Faculty to feature neural engineer Schiff

Steven Schiff, director of the Penn State Center for Neural Engineering, will present "The Brain: The Final Frontier. Neural Engineering at Penn State" as this weekend’s Huddle with the Faculty event.

Sponsored by the Penn State Alumni Association, Huddle with the Faculty is presented every home football Saturday morning at the Nittany Lion Inn. The free event starts at 8:30 a.m. with a free continental breakfast and Schiff's presentation at 9 a.m.

The new center brings together engineers, scientists, brain surgeons and veterinarians to develop new diagnostic techniques and treatments related to the brain. The work ranges from new tools to look deep into the working brain to missile flight controls to better interpret brains scans to understanding how climate drives newborn infant infections in Africa.

Schiff, who also is the Brush Chair Professor of Engineering and a professor of neurosurgery, physics and engineering science and mechanics, will discuss the center's goals and its ongoing research, including the possibility of creating more treatment options for seizures and disorders such as Parkinson's disease.

Schiff's training includes pediatric neurosurgery and his research has focused on the physics of nervous system disorders, particularly epilepsy, the spasticity of Cerebral Palsy and Parkinson's disease.

Free parking for the event is available at the Nittany Parking Deck, located next to the Nittany Lion Inn.

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Last Updated October 11, 2011