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New positions in KovacicLab

Four new research positions, as well as one administrative are available in Kovacic Lab, within the EU-funded project EvoNA. These one-year positions are: 1 PhD student and 1 postdoc for neurobiology in the auditory neuroelectronic interface project, 1 PhD student and 1 postdoc for medical neuroelectronics (cochlear implants, speech and hearing research). These are funded by the EU structural funds under the Operational Programme “Human Resources Development” 2007 – 2013 (HR.3.2.01-0320 “Research Fellowships for professional development of young researchers and postdoctoral researchers in the field of medical neuroelectronics”, in short EvoNA) with the full-time contract up to 12 months, [...]

July 31st, 2015|
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    Seminar: Prof. dr. dr. Birger Kollmeier “Measuring, modelling, and improving speech recognition across languages”

Seminar: Prof. dr. dr. Birger Kollmeier “Measuring, modelling, and improving speech recognition across languages”

Prof.dr. dr. Birger Kollmeier visited KovacicLab and gave a talk on Thursday July 2nd, 2015 (room B102, 12.15pm)  on “Measuring, modelling, and improving speech recognition across languages – from machine learning to understanding and aiding the auditory system”.  Prof.dr.dr. Birger Kollmeier is full professor of medical physics at University of Oldenburg (Germany) and director of Cluster of Excellence Hearing4all and one of the leading experts in a speech and hearing research.
June 30th, 2015|
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    D. Kovačić received Yearly Award for Science -“Kruno Prijatelj” by Slobodna Dalmacija

D. Kovačić received Yearly Award for Science -“Kruno Prijatelj” by Slobodna Dalmacija

17. June in Split, Croatia Doc.dr.sc. Damir Kovačić received Yearly award for science – “Kruno Prijatelj” given by Slobodna Dalmacija. Award was given for research results on characterization of spiral ganglion neurons cultured on silicon micro-pillar substrates for new auditory neuro-electronic interfaces published on  Journal of Neural Engineering in January 20105 (link).

June 30th, 2015|

The seminar with FAR (Swedish audiology foundation)

Five members of FAR ( http://www.stingerfonden.org/) visited KovacicLab on Tuesday 9th of June 2015 and closed one day seminar /workshop was organized. After the Lab Tour at School of medicine program was composed of presentations from both groups on topics:

-FAR: Our history in interdisciplinary research in Audiology, which led to a multi-programmable hearing aid.
-KovacicLab: Voice gender identification in cochlear implant users.
-FAR: Presentation of Villa Forum Auditum. Examples of current Swedish research projects in Audiology.
-KovacicLab: Auditory neuro-electronic interfaces.
-General Discussion
-Lunch
-Informal discussion with PhD students and KovacicLab research staff.

June 9th, 2015|
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    Finished project “CortexSTIM” – stimulator for direct cortical stimulation

Finished project “CortexSTIM” – stimulator for direct cortical stimulation

 CortexSTIM stimulator is designed to be used for direct electrical stimulation of cerebral cortex focal regions for motor, sensory and language functions. Constant current method has advantages over constant voltage stimulation when considering patient neurophysiologic aspects. Constant current types of stimulus are used to deliver controllable amount of electrical charge, regardless of the impedance of tissue between the electrodes. The stimulator can be used in two regimes in which current range, number of pulses, interstimulus time and frequency can be controlled. With classic Penfield mode novel Multipulse method can be used for intraoperative brain stimulation. For each method, parameters are defined independently and are preserved during a [...]

May 20th, 2015|
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    Journal of Neural Engineering: Characterization of spiral ganglion neurons cultured on silicon micro-pillar substrates for new auditory neuro-electronic interfaces

Journal of Neural Engineering: Characterization of spiral ganglion neurons cultured on silicon micro-pillar substrates for new auditory neuro-electronic interfaces

Kovacic Lab team, with collaborators from IMEC (on photo: M.Mattoti, L. Micholt,  D. Kovačić and D Braeken) just published research paper in Journal of Neural Engineeringon on” Characterization of spiral ganglion neurons cultured on silicon micro-pillar substrates for new auditory neuro-electronic interfaces”.

Abstract: One of the strategies to improve cochlear implant technology is to increase the number of electrodes in the neuro-electronic interface. The objective was to characterize in vitro cultures of spiral ganglion neurons (SGN) cultured on surfaces of novel silicon micro-pillar substrates (MPS). Approach. SGN from P5 rat pups were cultured on MPS with different micro-pillar widths (1–5.6 μm) and spacings (0.6–15 μm) and were compared [...]

January 29th, 2015|

STRIPmed project kickoff meeting

On 19.12.2014. Kickoff meeting of the team on project STRIPmed (Strengthening the capacity of University of Split for research, development and innovation in medical neuroelectronics). Project is funded by Structural EU fond RC.2.2.08-059:  (2014-2016,  790 k€ / 6.01 milijuna kuna). Project leader is Doc.dr.sc. Damir Kovačić, UNIST, MEFST and Partner: Mikroprojekt d.o.o (director: dr. Ježić).
Project will newly employ and train 12 experts in field of medical neuroelectronic (neurobiology, physics, medicine, electro-engineering), build stronger capacity  in equipment and develop hardware interface for neuro-monitoring and module for reduction and automatization of neuroelectronic signals of auditory neurons.

 

 

December 31st, 2014|

Job announcement : STRIPmed project – 7positions

Sveučilište u Splitu poziva na iskaz interesa za radna mjesta koja će se otvoriti nakon potpisivanja ugovora o dodjeli bespovratnih sredstava za projekte koji su financirani iz strukturnih fondova EU u sklopu programa 2007.-2013. RC.-2.2.-08-0059 planirana u  provedbi projekta pod nazivom: „Regionalna konkurentnost“ – „Jačanje kapaciteta Sveučilišta u Splitu za istraživanje, razvoj i inovacije u području medicinske neuroelektronike“ (skraćeno STRIPmed). Voditelj projekta je doc. dr. sc. Damir Kovačić, Laboratorij za istraživanje slušanja i govora, Medicinskog fakulteta Sveučilišta u Splitu (www.kovaciclab.org). Projektna radna mjesta na koja se odnosi ovaj poziv su:
October 30th, 2014|

Organization of European Researcher Nigh 2014. in Croatia

KovačićLab team was actively  involved in organization of European Researchers Night in Croatia. As a Partner on Project CRO-EU-REKA, was responsible for Awareness Campaign and activities during The Night in both cities Zagreb and Split. More about the Night you can find on projets webpage (www.noc-istrazivaca.hr). Project was funded by the European Commission’s Research and Innovation Framework Programme H2020 (2014-2020) by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions. Directorate-General for Education and Culture. European Commission under Grant Agreement No. 633305 .

October 30th, 2014|

Job announcement : CortexSTIM project assistant

Medicinski fakultet Sveučilišta u Splitu raspisuje natječaj za izbor jednog projektnog asistenta u provedbi IPA IIIc -SIIF projekta „ Enhancement of science-business cooperation for intraoperative neurophysiologic technology in Croatia” (skraćeno CortexSTIM www.cortexstim.org) na određeno vrijeme (do travnja 2015.) Rok prijave je 20.5.2014.
May 6th, 2014|