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Theodore (Ted) Berger is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California. He could be described as a ‘neuroprostheticspioneer’, leading a multi-disciplinary collaboration to develop a microchip-based neural prosthesis for the hippocampus, a region of the brain responsible for long-term memory. Damage to the hippocampus is frequently associated with epilepsy, stroke, and dementia (Alzheimer’s Disease), and is thought to underlie the memory deficits characteristic of these neurological conditions.
His laboratory, over the last 25 years, has been dedicated to understanding the mechanisms underlying neuronal integration, and has applied its findings to generate many applications of the discoveries. In particular, applying non-linear systems analytic procedures to the experimental study and mathematical modeling of synaptic and network dynamics of the hippocampus. These studies are now classic in demonstrating how engineering approaches can be brought to bear on fundamental problems in the neurosciences, and are the basis for a two-decades long series of advances in nonlinear modeling methodologies for the nervous system.
Professor Berger was named as one of “The 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2013” by Foreign Policy Magazine.