ShiNung Ching,PhD, Assistant professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis, has been awarded a prestigious Career Award at the Scientific Interface from the Burroughs-Wellcome Fund.
This award provides $500,000 over five years to support researchers in the quantitative sciences to pursue biological questions.
Ching, who will join WUSTL in May 2013, received the award to use systems and control engineering as a new approach to study brain dynamics in disorders of consciousness and neural pharmacology. His research is motivated, in part, by rapid advances over the past several years in the development of medical technologies that hold exciting promise as new therapeutic options in neurological disease and new neuroscience tools for understanding brain function. Ching believes that this promise can only be realized through the development of new systems theory to model, estimate and control the dynamics of complex neuronal circuits and systems.
Accordingly, in his research, Ching will use systems and control theory to model pathological brain dynamics and, subsequently, to identify novel targets – both pharmacological and for brain stimulation technologies –to restore these dynamics to their normal regimes.
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