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Dr Bahman Nasseroleslami, Professor Orla Hardiman and colleagues from Bioengineering and Neuroscience receive Dean's Award for Innovation and Teaching 2015

Bahman Nasseroleslami, and Professor Orla Hardiman, Academic Unit of Neurology in conjunction with John Butler, Edmund Lalor and Richard Reilly, Trinity Centre for Bioengineering; and Richard Carson, Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience proposed a new approach to the application of mathematical principles to real-life clinical situations.

The application of mathematical principles to real-life clinical situations is not always communicated in a manner that engages students. The new approach is suitable for undergraduates in medicine, Human Health and Disease, Occupational Therapy and Engineering, and for multi-disciplinary graduate courses in Neuroscience and Neural Engineering. The proposed teaching aid is based on using interactive computer animations of the working principles of neural engineering and applied neurophysiology. The schematics for these interactive animations are drawn with reference to seminal review papers and allow the student to see the mathematical principles in action and to interactively test and experience the effect of using different parameters. These interactive animations, programmed in MATLAB, can run on PC/Mac, in web browsers, and will be portable to mobile devices in near future; hence, providing wide usability at work and on-the-go.