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:


12:30 – Welcome Remarks

Peder Olofsson, MD, PhD, Karolinska Institutet

Chad Bouton, MS, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research


13:00 – Defining Circuits


13:00-13:30:  Afferent and Efferent Mechanisms of the Inflammatory Reflex

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

13:30-14:00: Neural regulation of bacterial infection and host defense

                                          Isaac Chiu, PhD, Harvard Medical School

14:00-14:30: Molecular and genetic analysis of the vagus nerve

Stephen Liberles, PhD, Harvard Medical School

14:30-15:00:  Neuroimmune Mechanisms in Cardiovascular Diseases

Giuseppe Lembo, PhD, Sapienza, University di Roma


15:00-15:30 – Coffee Break


15:30 – Clinical Updates


15:30-16:00:  TBA

Paul-Peter Tak, MD, PhD, GlaxoSmithKline

16:00-16:30:  TBA

Michael Eberhardson, MD, PhD, Karolinska Institutet

16:30-17:00:  TBA

Gregoire Courtine, PhD, Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne


17:15-18:00 – Poster Session & Refreshments


19:00 – BBQ Dinner


Wednesday, June 13th:


07:30-08:00 – Breakfast and Coffee


08:00 – Molecular Targets


08:00-08:30:  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

08:30-09:00:  Neural Stimulations Modulate the Formation of Immune Cell Gateways into the CNS

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

09:00-09:30:  TBA

Camilla Svensson, PhD, Karolinska Institutet  


9:30-10:00 – Coffee Break


10:00 – Molecular Targets (continued)


10:00-10:30:  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

10:30-11:00:  Context-Dependent Neuro-Immune Interplay

Sebastien Talbot, PhD, University of Montreal

11:00-11:30:  TBA

Goran Hansson, MD, PhD, Karolinska Institutet


11:30-13:00 – Lunch


13:00 – Neural Interfaces


13:00-13:30:  Electronic, Optical, and Magnetic Tools to Study the Nervous System

Polina Anikeeva, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Techology

13:30-14:00:  Soft microelectrode implants

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

14:00-14:30:  Sequencing the Connectome

Anthony Zador, MD, PhD, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory


14:30-15:00 – Coffee Break


15:00 – Signal Processing


15:00-15:30:  Neural Decoding and Restoring Hand Function in Tetraplegia

Chad Bouton, MS, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

15:30-16:00:  Novel Materials and Devices for Neural Interfacing

George G. Malliaras, PhD, University of Cambridge

16:00-16:30:  Bioelectronics in vitro: 3D, biomimetic devices and cell models

Roisin Owens, PhD, University of Cambridge


18:00 – Three-Course Dinner

Thursday, June 14th:


08:00-09:00 – Breakfast and Coffee


09:00 – Disruptive Tools and Techology


09:00-09:30:  Tools for Optically Mapping and Repairing Biological Functions

Ed Boyden, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

09:30-10:00:  TBA

Douglas Weber, PhD, University of Pittsburgh

10:00-10:30:  Optogenetic control of inflammation in acute kidney injury

Mark Okusa, MD, University of Virginia School of Medicine


10:30-11:00 – Coffee Break


11:00 – Disruptive Tools and Technology (continued)


11:00-11:30:  Bioelectronics with electronic polymers in biomembranes

Olle Inganas, PhD, Linkoping University

11:30-12:00:  TBA

Jan Linnros, PhD, Royal Institute of Technology

12:00-12:30:  TBA

Bjorn Hogberg, PhD, Karolinska Insitutet


12:30-14:00 – Lunch


14:00 – Accelerating Clinical Translation  


14:00-14:30:  Precision Noninvasive Peripheral Neuromodulation

Christopher Puleo, PhD, General Electric

14:30-15:00:  The Journey to "Digital" Therapy Discovery

Tim Denison, PhD, Medtronic

15:00-15:30:  TBA

David Chernoff, MD, SetPoint Medical


15:30-16:00 – 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