May 2012
Adult Epilepsy Program Recognized as Highest Level Center

For the fifth consecutive year, the Epilepsy and Human Brain Mapping Program has received a Level 4 designation, the highest designation offered by the prestigious National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). Level 4 centers have the most advanced medical and surgical diagnostic and treatment options for patients with complex epilepsy. Albany Med shares this designation with programs of high distinction such as Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins, and NYU Medical Center.

Albany Med-Led Brain Mapping Research Showcased at International Workshop

Some of the world’s top scientists, neurologists and neurosurgeons attended the 3rd Annual International Workshop on Advances in Electrocorticography, hosted by Albany Medical College in November, 2011. Physicians and researchers at Albany Med have pioneered many of the advances in electrocorticography (ECoG), the recording and interpretation of electrical activity from the surface of the brain. Among the highlights, recent advances in materials engineering may lead to stable implants to treat epilepsy that would stay on the brain.

Brain Computer Interface Research Featured in New York Times

Major work taking place right here at Albany Med is being featured in the New York Times Magazine. Drs. Gerwin Schalk and Anthony Ritaccio will discuss how they’re using platinum electrodes on the surface of the brain to examine the way its electrical impulses can manipulate technology. The science, underwritten by a $2.2 million Department of Defense grant, one day may allow those with disabilities to simply think commands in order to speak, move or control computerized devices. You can catch the feature in print in the Sunday, September 18 edition. And, the article is available online.

"Reading Minds" Research Featured in Exhibition at American Museum of Natural History in New York City

Cutting-edge brain research going on at Albany Medical Center was part of a special exhibit showing at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Brain Computer Interface (BCI) research underway at Albany Med, a technology that reads brain signals with the goal of translating pure thoughts into action, was featured in the exhibit "Brain: The Inside Story,"  at the American Museum of Natural History.