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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.


  • Arizona State University
  • University of Houston
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Center Personnel

Jenny Fula Torrijos
Program Manager UH Site)
(713) 743-7575

Wendy Johnson
Project Coordinator ASU Site
(480) 965-7678

Jeffrey Kleim
Site Director ASU Site
(480) 965-6832

Jose Contreras-Vidal
Co-Director for Innovation and Translation, and Site Director University of Houston
(713) 743-5773

Marco Santello
Center Director
(480) 965-5479

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.