The Mayo Clinic Neural Engineering Laboratory was founded in 2006 by Kendall H. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., a neurosurgeon and professor in the Mayo Clinic Department of Neurologic Surgery, in collaboration with Kevin E. Bennet, Ph.D., M.B.A., formerly chair of Mayo Clinic's Division of Engineering.

The Neural Engineering Laboratory takes a multidisciplinary approach to medical research, incorporating medical and surgical knowledge and engineering capability to develop techniques and advanced medical devices for neuromodulation. The collaboration between the Neural Engineering Lab and the Division of Engineering received the inaugural Mayo Clinic Team Science Award in 2015.

The mission of the Neural Engineering Laboratory is to help patients by developing the knowledge and technology needed to effectively modulate central nervous system function. The team works toward the following goals:

  • Understand the biological mechanisms of action for neuromodulation.
  • Invent lasting bioelectrical technologies and create devices and procedures for neuromodulation in human patients.
  • Pioneer less invasive neurosurgical techniques.
  • Translate gained knowledge into medical practice.
  • Train the next generation of leaders in neuroscience and functional neurosurgery.

Learn more about the team.