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FDA gathers Patient Perspectives on August 1

FDA, White Oak Campus
Photo Credit: US Food and Drug Administration.
White Oak Campus.

On August 1st, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) is hosting a workshop titled “Partnering with Patients on CDRH’s Research Agenda for Assistive and/or Neurostimulation Devices.”  This FREE interactive workshop will gather patient perspectives in Silver Spring, MD on August 1 starting at 8:30 am.


NOTE: Registration deadline is 4:00 pm (ET), on July 26, 2016.


FDA wants Patient Perspectives

This unique FREE conference was created to “receive feedback on patient needs and experience on the usability, benefits, and desired features of medical devices.”  The epilepsy community certainly has patient needs and opinions when it comes to devices and wearables. Participant feedback will inform science research at CDRH.  This is a great opportunity to directly impact research.


Featured guest: Rosalind Picard

This workshop will also feature guests who are known for their device innovation including Rosalind Picard, ScD, FIEEE, of Empatica and MIT Media Lab. You may have heard of Empatica’s Embrace Watch.



This FREE workshop will focus on Assistive and Neurostimulation devices associated with subpopulations of the following diseases as examples:

  • Diabetes
  • Lupus
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Neurological Diseases such as Epilepsy

Take a look at the agenda items from 3:30 to 5:00 pm. When they say they want your perspective, they really mean it.


Subject Name of Speaker/Title
8:30 am Introduction, Welcome Dr. Marilyn Lightfoote
Dr. Robert Califf, Commissioner
Dr. Kyle Myers, OSEL Office Director (Acting)
9:00 am – 10:00 am Wearable Sensors, Affective Computing Dr. Rosalind Piccard. MIT
Emotional sensors
10:00 am -10:30 am FDA research on Assistive Devices Dr. Heather Benz, and Dr. Kimberly Kontson
Patient perception of limb prosthetics
Dr. Matthew Di Prima and Lt. James Coburn
3D printing
10:30-10:45 am Infection Control Dr.  Elizabeth Gonzales
Assuring safety of ophthalmic medical devices
10:45 – 12 noon Patient and Clinician Perspective on Assistive Devices Walter Reed  National Military Medical Center
Brenda Battat, Formerly Executive Director Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), Hearing prosthetics, Fred Downs, Chief of Prosthetics for Veterans Medical Center, Veteran Administration
12:00 – 12:30 pm Interactive Discussion AM Speakers; Patient Representatives
12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch Table Discussions Informal FDA and Patient Interactions
1:30 – 2:30 pm Brain-machine interfaces Dr. Todd Coleman, University of California, San Diego.
Studies on brain-machine interfaces
2:30 – 3:15 pm FDA Research on Neurostimulation Devices Dr. Mejun Ye
Brain stimulation therapies Dr. Ethan Cohen
Vision Studies Mr. Donald Witters
EMC laboratory research on interference between neurostimulators and security devices
3:15-3:30 pm Break
3:30 – 4:30 pm Patient and Clinician
Perspectives on
Neurostimulation Devices
To be selected from registrants
4:30 – 5:00 pm Interactive Discussion PM Speakers and Patient representatives
5:00 -5:15 pm Wrap-up; take away Dr. Marilyn Lightfoote
5:15 pm Adjourn


Register today

If you are a patient, provider, caregiver or clinician with experience with Assistive or Neurostimulation Devices and wish to attend this FREE workshop, please provide the following information. Registration deadline is 4:00 pm (ET), on July 26, 2016.

Through this workship, the CDRH hopes patients learn about the role of research and for scientists to understand patient needs and guide future research to best help the patients. To register and find out more information, follow the following link: http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/NewsEvents/WorkshopsConferences/ucm508481.htm.  The workshop is being held in Silver Spring, Maryland on August 1st and begins at 8:30.




If you attend let us know how it went. We’d love to hear.

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