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Illinois Institute of Technology
3105 S. Dearborn Suite 252
Chicago, IL 60616

In affiliation with: The Laboratory of Neural Prosthetics Research

About NERD

The Neurotechnology Ethics Research & Development (NERD) lab, led by Dr. Frank Lane, is an interdisciplinary team of researchers working to understand participant experiences in clinical research involving implantable prosthetic devices. This research is being conducted in order to develop standardized ethical guidelines and procedures in future research, including informed consent, recruitment, and participant rights and safeguards. The NERD lab believes that as implantable technology and prosthetic devices become more widely available, understanding the factors that influence an individual's decision to obtain such a device will become increasingly important. Our research seeks to provide a framework for Institutional Review Boards and Ethics committees to address important issues related to human subjects research and to educate potential consumers about their rights as a research participant.


  • The Eye And The Chip World Congress 9/22/2016 10:11:34 AM

    Dr. Lane and his students, Kristian Nitsch and Melissa Bangle, presented this past weekend at the biannual The Eye And The Chip meeting hosted by the Henry Ford Medical Center in Detroit, MI. Dr. Lane discussed outcomes from our study with past recipients of intracortical vision prostheses and our colleague Dr. Phil Troyk discussed updates on our collaborative work developing a wireless intracortical vision prosthesis. For more information on this work click the link to the left "The Laboratory of Neural Prosthetics Research".

  • Chicago Lighthouse Assitive Technology Podcast 3/18/2014 08:54:25 PM

    Drs. Philip Troyk and Frank Lane discuss advances in intracortical visual protheses for individuals with vision loss. Listen to the podcast here

  • New Lab Members 3/02/2014 11:04:52 PM

    The NERD lab welcomes Marcia Trawinski, MA., and Melissa Troyk. We have also updated the site with an events page and pictures of the Assistive Technology informational session hosted by the Chicago Lighthouse.

  • NERD Website is now open to the public 9/14/2013 10:43:18 PM

    Our new website has gone live! Please bear with us while new content is added,