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Bioelectronic Medicine: Technology targeting molecular mechanisms

Bioelectronic Medicine: Technology targeting molecular mechanisms

June 12-14 2018

This is the second symposium – the inaugural meeting was held in New York City in 2016 (click here to learn more) – leaders in bioelectronic medicine will characterize the challenges and opportunities facing the future of the field.  Proposed session topics include defining circuits, molecular targets, neural interfaces, signal processing, disruptive tools and technology, clinical updates, and accelerating clinical translation.

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Bioelectronic medicine uses technology to treat disease and injury. The nervous system uses electrical signals to communicate information throughout the body. Virtually every cell and organ of the body is directly or indirectly controlled by these neural signals. Researchers in bioelectronic medicine are learning the language of these neural signals so that they can listen for signals of disease or injury. They are also using bioelectronic medicine technologies to record, stimulate, and block neural signals, which is essentially teaching the body how to heal itself.
Bioelectronic medicine will change the way we treat diseases, injuries and conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, paralysis, bleeding, and even cancer.


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Bioelectronic Medicine: Technology Targeting Molecular Mechanisms


Program Layout and Speakers


Day 1 – Tuesday

Day 2 – Wednesday

Day 3 – Thursday

Half Day Lectures


Full Day Lectures


Full Day Lectures


Poster Session and BBQ –

All Attendees

Three-Course Dinner –

All Attendees

Evening Boat Tour –

All Attendees




Tuesday, June 12th

12:15 Welcome remarks

          Peder Olofsson, MD, PhD, Karolinska Institutet

          Chad Bouton, MS, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research


12:30 Clinical Updates

12:30 Bioelectronic medicine: Immunomodulation by vagus nerve stimulation

          Paul-Peter Tak, MD, PhD, GlaxoSmithKline  

13:00 Bioelectronic therapy in IBD: a prospective clinical trial in Crohn's disease

          Michael Eberhardson, MD, PhD, Karolinska Institutet        

13:30 Targeted Neurotechnologies enabling walking after paralysis

          Gregoire Courtine, PhD, Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne

14:00 Bio-responsive hybride materials for regenrative medicine and biosensing

          Molly Stevens, PhD, Imperial College London


14:30 Coffee Break

15:00  Defining Circuits

15:00 Afferent and Efferent Mechanisms of the Inflammatory Reflex 

          Kevin J. Tracey, MD, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

15:30 Neural regulation of bacterial infection and host defense 

          Isaac Chiu, PhD, Harvard Medical School

16:00 Molecular and genetic analysis of the vagus nerve 

          Stephen Liberles, PhD, Harvard Medical School

16:30 Neuroimmune Mechanisms in Cardiovascular Diseases 

          Giuseppe Lembo, PhD, Sapienza, University di Roma

17:15 Poster Session & Refreshments
19:00 BBQ Dinner



Wednesday, June 13th 

07:30 Breakfast and Coffee
08:00 Molecular Targets 

08:00 Novel Mediators & Mechanisms in the Resolution of Inflammation: the role of Vagus

          Stimulation in Resolution of Infectious Inflammation      

          Charles N. Serhan, PhD, DSc, Harvard University

08:30 Neural Stimulations Modulate the Formation of Immune Cell Gateways into the CNS

          Masaaki Murakami, VMD, PhD, Institute for Genetic Medicine, Hokkaido Univeristy

09:00 Mechanisms of pain in arthritis - novel roles of autoantibodies  

          Camilla Svensson, PhD, Karolinska Institutet  
9:30 Coffee Break
10:00 Molecular Targets (continued)

10:00 Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) - a role for the autonomic nervous system

          in an established endocrine disorder 

          Colin Duncan, MD, University of Edinburgh

          Jason Witherington, PhD, Galvani Bioelectronics

10:30 Context-Dependent Neuro-Immune Interplay 

          Sebastien Talbot, PhD, University of Montreal

11:00 Inflammation in atherosclerosis - from mechanisms to therapy

          Goran Hansson, MD, PhD, Karolinska Institutet 

11:30 Lunch 
13:00 Neural Interfaces

13:00 Electronic, Optical, and Magnetic Tools to Study the Nervous System 

          Polina Anikeeva, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Techology

13:30 Soft microelectrode implants 

          Stephanie P. Lacour, PhD, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

14:00 Sequencing the Connectome 

          Anthony Zador, MD, PhD, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
14:30 Coffee Break
15:00 Signal Processing

15:00 Neural Decoding and Restoring Hand Function in Tetraplegia

          Chad Bouton, MS, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

15:30 Novel Materials and Devices for Neural Interfacing

          George G. Malliaras, PhD, University of Cambridge

16:00 Bioelectronics in vitro: 3D, biomimetic devices and cell models 

          Roisin Owens, PhD,University of Cambridge


18:00 Three-Course Dinner 



Thursday, June 14th

08:00 Breakfast and Coffee
09:00 Disruptive Tools and Techology

09:00 Tools for Optically Mapping and Repairing Biological Functions 

          Ed Boyden, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

09:30 Next generation neuromodulation devices will be smarter, sharper,

          and more aware

          Douglas Weber, PhD, University of Pittsburgh

10:00 Optogenetic control of inflammation in acute kidney injury

          Mark Okusa, MD, University of Virginia School of Medicine 
10:30 Coffee Break
11:00 Disruptive Tools and Technology (continued)

11:00 Bioelectronics with electronic polymers in biomembranes

          Olle Inganas, PhD, Linkoping University

11:30 Silicon nanotechnology for biomolecule sensing

          Jan Linnros, PhD, Royal Institute of Technology

12:00 Deciphering nanoscale spatial effects in biology with DNA origami

          Bjorn Hogberg, PhD, Karolinska Institutet  
12:30 Lunch


14:00 Accelerating Clinical Translation  

14:00 Precision Noninvasive Peripheral Neuromodulation 

          Christopher Puleo, PhD, General Electric

14:30 The Journey to "Digital" Therapy Discovery

          Tim Denison, PhD, Medtronic 

15:00 Disrupting the Paradigm for Treating Autoimmune Disease: Bioelectronic

          Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis

          David Chernoff, MD, SetPoint Medical 
15:30 Coffee Break
16:00 Patient Experience with Bioelectronic Medicine

          Kevin J. Tracey, MD, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research 

          Kelly Owens, Bioelectronic Medicine Patient
16:30 Concluding Remarks 

           Peder Olofsson, MD, PhD, Karolinska Institutet 

           Chad Bouton, MS, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research 
18:00 Evening Boat Tour




Scientific Organizing Committee:

Kevin J. Tracey, MD
President & CEO, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

Peder S. Olofsson, MD, PhD
Senior Researcher, Karolinska Institutet

Chad Bouton  
Director, Center for Bioelectronic Medicine, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

Ulf Andersson, MD, PhD
Professor & Senior Physician, Karolinska Institutet

Meredith Burcyk, MHA
Administrative Manager, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

Francesca Petruccelli
Project Coordinator, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

Please email any questions to the meeting coordinator Meredith Burcyk

Photo courtesy: Bengt Oberger [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons