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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Psychiatry Grand Rounds Speaker


     Marom Bikson, PhD


Prof. Marom Bikson’s research group studies the effects of electricity on the human body and applies this knowledge toward the improvement of human health.  The translational R&D activity of his group spans single cell recording in animal models, computational models, device development, and clinical trials.  For example, Prof. Bikson’s work on developing non-invasive painless electrotherapy devices to treat neurological disorders and enhance cognitive function is supported by the NIH, The Andy Grove Foundation, the Department of Defense, and a Wallace H. Coulter Early Career award for translational research.   Prof. Bikson’s research interests encompass the neurophysiology of disease (including epilepsy), the role of non-synaptic communication in normal and disease states (including field effects and glia), and the cellular mechanisms of CNS electrical stimulation.  Prof. Bikson has worked with leading biomedical and utility companies in the development of medical instrumentation and electrical safety guidelines.

Marom Bikson is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering a The City College of New York of CUNY where he heads the Neural Engineering laboratory and co-chairs the Neural Engineering Group of the New York Center for Biomedical Engineering.   Prior to CUNY, Dr. Bikson was a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Birmingham Medical School, UK and a Research Associate at Sontra Medical LLC, in Cambridge Mass.  Dr. Bikson received a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland OH, and a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD.  

       At the completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
       1) List the technical challenges and relative engineering advantages of distant
    electrotherapy modalities including DBS, TMS, and tDCS.
2) Describe the basic mechanisms of acute neuronal modulation by applied electric fields.
3) Discuss the relative clinical advantages of High-Density Transcranial Electric Stimulation as
    a novel tool to non-invasively and painlessly modulate brain function and treat neurological

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