University of Minnesota
Institute of Technology
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Electrical and Computer Engineering

“Smart” Medical Sensor-Based Implantable Systems for Neuromodulation

Peng Cong
Principal IC Design Engineer
Neuromodulation Core Technology
Medtronic, Inc.

Modulating neural activities through stimulation is an effective treatment for many neurological diseases, including movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor, and it is being explored for several new indications. Opportunities in neuromodulation aim to improve disease state control with ongoing therapy adjustments that potentially enhance therapeutic response while minimizing clinical and patient burden. While advances in sensing, therapy delivery, and understanding the pathophysiology of disease states have improved device performance, utilizing “smart” sensor, which includes sensors and algorithm, is critical to advance the field of neuromodulation. The talk focuses on the challenges of neuromodulation and detailed interface circuit design of practical “smart” sensors for implantable Neuromodulation devices.

Peng Cong received his Ph.D. degree in the EECS Department at Case Western Reserve University in 2009. He is currently with Medtronic Neuromodulation Core Technology as a Principal IC Design Engineer, leading the design of the next generation implantable Neuromodultion device. His research focuses on sensors, mixed-signal integrated-circuit design, and microsystem integration for biomedical applications. He won 2012 Medtronic Technical Contributor of the Year for New Medtronic Deep Brain Stimulation System the First to Sense and Record Brain Activity While Delivering Therapy. He has published papers in top academic journals and conferences, including three ISSCC papers and two JSSC papers. He is currently serving on Technical Program Committee (TPC) for European Solid-State Circuits Conference (ESSCIRC).