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Center Overview

The Building Reliable Advances and Innovation in Neurotechnology (BRAIN) Center develops and tests the efficacy, safety, and long-term reliability of patient-centered neurotechnology. The BRAIN Center allows research that would not be possible within the traditional silos of academic, industry, regulatory, and clinical communities.

The BRAIN Center's mission is to develop safe, effective, and affordable personalized neurotechnologies for diagnostics, restoration, enhancement, and rehabilitation of sensory, motor, affective, and cognitive functions. This is pursued by supporting innovative interdisciplinary research across the multiple dimensions of brain function and behavior, with the ultimate goal of improving quality of life.

The BRAIN Center's discoveries:

  • Revolutionize the way scientists and engineers approach the design of complex human-machine systems using data.
  • Interpret brain function from the molecular to the network levels.
  • Harness neuroplasticity and emergent properties at multiple time scales to enhance the engagement and efficacy of human-machine interfaces.
  • Enable innovative devices that support accessible health care and empower individuals to control their own health, wellness, and fitness.
  • Redefine the human-technology frontier.


  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • West Virginia University
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County
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Center Personnel

Jose Contreras-Vidal
Center Director and Site Director for University of Houston
+1 713 743 4429

Marco Santello
Site Director for Arizona State University
+1 480 965 7678

K. Michelle Patrick-Krueger
Industry Liaison & Program Manager
+1 713 743 7425

Luca Pollonini
Co-Site Director, University of Houston
+1 713 743 4159

David Mayerich
Co-Site Director, University of Houston
+1 713 743 6105

Research Focus

The BRAIN Center research topics focus on the needs of the members and the capabilities of the participating universities. Topics include:

  • Invasive neurotechnology.
  • Medical devices law, regulation, and ethics.
  • Mobility assessment and clinical intervention.
  • Neurological clinical research.
  • Neurorehabilitation technology.
  • Noninvasive neurotechnology.

BRAIN Center research areas include:

  • Big Data.
  • Clinical trials.
  • Device development.
  • Device interoperability.
  • Neural activity measurement.
  • Neuromodulation.
  • Neurorehabilitation and assistive devices.
  • Regulatory science.


Member Organizations

IUCRC affiliated member organizations are displayed as submitted by the Center. Non-federal organizations are not selected, approved, or otherwise endorsed by the National Science Foundation.
  • Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Brain Products
  • BrainCare USA Corp
  • FDA
  • HOPCo
  • Indus Industries
  • Movement Interactive
  • MyACTome
  • Neuro Targeting
  • Precision Neuroscience
  • Seniors Rising
  • TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Upstream Vision
  • Weinberg Medical Physics
  • ZelosDx