April 4, 2013

Surgery Research Collaborative to discuss research on restoring the ability to stand and walk April 9

As part of the Surgery Research Collaborative speaker series, Peter Konrad, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of Neurological Surgery and Biomedical Engineering and director of Functional Neurosurgery, will present, “Restoring standing and walking in paralyzed humans through ISMS,” Tuesday, April 9, at 5 p.m. at the University Club, Hermitage Room.

Konrad’s research focuses on this novel stimulation technique known as intraspinal microstimulation, or ISMS. By inserting tiny microwires, thinner than a human hair, into the spinal cord, Konrad and researchers at Vanderbilt hope to activate muscles in the area that may one day enable paralyzed patients to stand and walk.

The Department of Surgery Research Collaborative was developed to provide synergy between the basic sciences and clinical research as a means of enhancing research opportunities within the Section of Surgical Sciences.

The collaborative hosts open meetings the second Tuesday of every month in the Hermitage Room at the University Club from 5 to 6:30 p.m., offering opportunities for informal discussion as well as presentations from both the basic sciences and translational research.

Konrad received his M.S. and Ph.D. from Purdue University and his medical degree from Indiana University. He then completed his residency in Neurological Surgery at Vanderbilt.