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Ap.Prof. DI Dr.techn. Karen Minassian

Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Medical University of Vienna

Leitsstelle 4L Währinger Gürtel 18-20

1090 Vienna


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My main interest is understanding neural control of movement with a focus on the intrinsic properties of the locomotor circuits of the human lumbar spinal cord. Methods applied include computer modelling, neurostimulation technologies, and electrophysiological and neurophysiological assessments. My research has paved the way for the recent high profile studies of epidural spinal cord stimulation to restore walking after paralysis. In parallel, I have developed the non-invasive method of transcutaneous spinal cord stimulation that can be used as a neuromodulation tool as well as for human neurophysiological studies. Recently I coordinated a first-in-man clinical study employing next-generation implantable epidural stimulation technologies and currently I work on novel combinatorial approaches complementing neurostimulation with pharmacological neuromodulation in humans.

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