Rehab Neural Engineering Laboratory (RNEL) http://www.rnel.pitt.edu/
Director: Doug Weber
To improve the quality of life of individuals with neurological impairments by advancing the scientific understanding of motor and somatosensory systems to engineer new rehabilitation therapies and technologies.
This laboratory, located in the Magee Womens Research Institute, is under the direction of Doug Weber, PhD. RNEL scientists and trainees work at the intersection of neuroscience and engineering, exploring neural coding and feedback control in sensorimotor systems and developing neurotechnologies for restoring sensory and motor functions. Researchers use a variety of advanced techniques for studying biomechanics and neurophysiology of reaching, grasping and locomotion, including 3D motion analysis, electromyography, multichannel neural recording and stimulation, human magnetoencephalography (MEG), and human electrocorticography (ECoG). Active projects include development of motor and sensory neural interfaces for controlling and sensing prosthetic limbs, and functional neuroimaging and neurofeedback therapy in people with spinal cord injury. RNEL research focuses intently on human rehabilitation applications and the breadth of research projects provides a rich training environment for students interested in rehabilitation science and engineering.