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Neurocareers: Doing The Impossible!

Aug 13, 2023

Have you ever wondered how the future of neurorehabilitation will look like? Step into this future with our latest episode on the BCI Award Neurocareers podcast series. Explore the forefront of neurorehabilitation through the groundbreaking project that earned a nomination for the prestigious International BCI Award in 2021: "Application of brain-computer interface based on visuomotor transformation to controlling neurorehabilitation robot and transcutaneous spinal cord-stimulation."

Dive into the heart of neuromodulation and neuronal repair after spinal cord injuries, where every aspect of neural recovery is meticulously considered. This project is a beacon of hope for those seeking the restoration of motor functions through advanced technologies. The team behind it is a symphony of expertise featuring Dr. Igor Lavrov, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology and Biomedical Engineering at Mayo Clinic, pioneering new dimensions in neurology. Alongside him stands the visionary Dr. Mikhail Lebedev, a leading world figure in Neurophysiology and Brain-Computer Interfaces, illuminating the path toward innovative solutions. Dr. Carlos Alberto Cuellar, a relentless advocate for neurotechnologies from Universidad Anáhuac México, and Ilia Borishchev, a spacecraft engineer turned entrepreneur and the founder of VIBRAINT company in Canada, complete this stellar team that spans across borders to shape the future of neurorehabilitation.

In this riveting episode, we unveil the intricate details of their groundbreaking project that harnesses the power of brain-computer interfaces for controlling neurorehabilitation robots and transcutaneous spinal-cord stimulation. But that's not all! Tune in to gain insights straight from the minds behind this remarkable project as they generously share their wisdom on crafting a successful BCI Award submission.

Join us on this captivating journey as we unravel the inspirations, innovations, and transformative impact of this outstanding project. Get ready to explore the boundless possibilities at the intersection of neurorehabilitation, brain-computer interfaces, and visionary collaboration. Tune in now and be part of the neurotech revolution!

About the Podcast Guests:

Igor Lavrov, MD, PhD - An Assistant Professor at the Department of
Neurology and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Lavrov was trained in medicine (neurology) and neuroscience. With a career spanning over two decades, he has played an integral role in both participating in and directing a multitude of research endeavors. Dr. Lavrov's work has encompassed a comprehensive study of spinal cord neuromodulation, carried out across various animal models and clinical trials. His extensive experience has uniquely positioned him to delve into the intricate world of neuronal circuits, their modulation, reorganization, and repair following traumatic injuries, with a particular emphasis on spinal cord stimulation and regenerative therapies.



Mikhail Lebedev, PhD - a renowned figure in the fields of Neurophysiology and Brain-Computer Interfaces. With a remarkable track record of over 100 publications, his extensive contributions have significantly shaped the landscape of neuroscientific research. These contributions have led to innovative solutions in decoding brain activity and translating it into actionable commands for robotic and prosthetic devices. Dr. Lebedev's groundbreaking studies involving nonhuman primates have provided profound insights. His work has showcased the direct control of prosthetic and virtual limb movements through cortical activity recorded with multichannel implants. Furthermore, his research has demonstrated the creation of artificial tactile sensations through the precise delivery of electrical microstimulations within the somatosensory cortex. Dr. Lebedev's illustrious journey has encompassed research institutions spanning from the Institute for Problems of Information Transmission in Moscow to the University of Tennessee in Memphis, SISSA in Trieste, Italy, NIMH in Bethesda, Maryland, later in Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and in National Research University - Higher School of Economics in Moscow.



Carlos Alberto Cuellar, PhD - A forward-thinking scientist at the forefront of neurotechnologies, Dr. Cuellar's research encompasses brain-computer interfaces, neural prosthetics, and neuromodulation techniques. He is affiliated with Universidad Anáhuac México, contributing to international collaborations that drive advancements in the field.




Ilia Borishchev - An extraordinary individual who transitioned from being a visionary spacecraft engineer to an entrepreneur in the neurotechnology domain. As the founder of VIBRAINT, a pioneering company in Canada, Ilia's commitment to innovation and technology-driven solutions has catalyzed groundbreaking developments in the intersection of neurorehabilitation and advanced neurotechnologies.



For more information about the remarkable work and contributions of our guests, please visit their respective web pages and connect with them on LinkedIn.

About the Podcast Host: 

The Neurocareers podcast is brought to you by The Institute of Neuroapproaches ( and its founder, Milena Korostenskaja, Ph.D. (Dr. K), a neuroscience educator, research consultant, and career coach for students and recent graduates in neuroscience and neurotechnologies. As a professional coach with a background in the field, Dr. K understands the unique challenges and opportunities facing students in this field and can provide personalized coaching and support to help you succeed.

Here's what you'll get with one-on-one coaching sessions from Dr. K:

  • Identification and pursuit of career goals
  • Guidance on job search strategies, resume and cover letter development, and interview preparation
  • Access to a network of professionals in the field of neuroscience and neurotechnologies
  • Ongoing support and guidance to help you stay on track and achieve your goals

You can always schedule a free neurocareer consultation/coaching session with Dr. K at

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