March 1, 2017
U-M BME assistant professor Tim Bruns has received a prestigious National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. Bruns leads the Peripheral Neural Engineering and Urodynamics Lab (pNEURO Lab) in Biomedical Engineering. The group is interested in developing interfaces with the peripheral nervous system to restore function and to examine systems-level neurophysiology, primarily focusing on organ function. Bruns will use his award to study and model the behavior of neurons within dorsal root ganglia (DRG), unique structures next to the spinal cord that contain converging sensory nerves. This work will inform research and development of novel microelectrodes designed to record and stimulate DRG. Research in this area could lead to the restoration of nerve function for a wide range of disorders.