MR Compatible Haptic Device for Monitoring Neuro Circuits under fMRI Environment

  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is often used to explore the activity of widely distributed neural circuits related to sensorimotor and cognitive functions. However, there is currently no device that satisfies the experimental and environmental needs of fMRI studies exploring the neural control of movement in the non-human primate (NHP) model. Here, we are developing devices capable of both monitoring and perturbing the movements of NHPs during fMRI. The combination of MR compatible devices and fMRI promises to aid in translating novel therapies developed in the NHP model into effective treatments for human disease
  • Faculty:
  • Michael Zinn – Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Aaron Suminski – Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Students:   
  • Bolun Zhang  – Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Funding:
  • NSF NRI (continuing)

The following MR compatible prototype is being fabricated and the capabilities and limitations of the design will be explored.



Recent work