November 15, 2004

(SAN FRANCISCO) Dr. Michael Merzenich will be the Keynote Speaker at the Neural Interfaces Workshop sponsored by the National Institute of Health (NIH) on November 15-17, 2004 in Bethesda, Maryland.

The workshop is a joint annual meeting of the Neural Prosthesis Workshop and the Deep Brain Stimulation Consortium of the NIH. The meeting brings together hundreds of researchers working in various areas, including: functional neuromuscular/electrical stimulation, auditory prosthesis, cortical prosthesis, microelectrode array technology, brain-computer interface, deep brain stimulation and therapeutic applications.

Dr. Merzenich Keynote Address will be on “Brain Plasticity Contributions to Prosthesis-Assisted Rehabilitation.” Dr. Merzenich is an acknowledged leader in brain plasticity research and co-invented the first practical cochlear implant.

Dr. Merzenich is the Francis Sooy Professor of the Keck Center for Neuroscience at the University of California, San Francisco. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, has published hundreds of articles and is the recipient of numerous awards. He was a co-founder of Scientific Learning Corporation (Nasdaq: SCILE), which has assisted more than 400,000 children with its plasticity-based computer training programs for language learning and reading. Most recently, Dr. Merzenich has co-founded Neuroscience Solutions (now renamed Posit Science Corporation).

Neuroscience Solutions (now renamed Posit Science Corporation) is a venture-backed company based in San Francisco that is developing brain health programs. Its programs are based on recent breakthroughs in the science of neuroplasticity – the ability of the brain to change itself at any age. The company’s initial offerings are targeted at healthy aging.