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FNNDSC Weekly Newsletter - Week 38

Upcoming Events

February 17th: Deadline to register: Successful Grant Writing Strategies - Online Course

February 17th at 10:00 AM : FNNDSC Lecture Series with Domenico Formica, PhD

Various Dates: Newborn Brain Society - Fetal Neurology Webinar Series

Helpful Links

Last Week's FNNDSC Project Updates


The NIRS team had another busy week in the NICU with multiple rounds of NIRS continuous monitoring including one during a transfusion! Additionally, they performed our second SCD/TCD visit with great success including NIRS during a TCD measurement. The engineering team is continuing to work on assembling our new probes which we are they excited about!

Landmark Department Move

The FNNDSC will be moving from the 7 East floor to the 6 East floor during the late April/early May timeframe. In early anticipation of the move, boxes, move labels, and keyboard bags will be distributed to your cubicles and offices this week.

We wanted to provide you with a preliminary moving checklist:

  • Please send Gauravi your computer Tag # and cubicle/office Jack # for our Move Sheet. If you work remotely and need help collecting your jack #, she can assist. It is important you also provide the name of the linux computer you primarily use.

This will allow ISD to physically “unconnect” devices on moving day and “reconnect”. Please note that Rudolph and the ACG team will assist in powering devices down/on if and when needed on move day.

  • It is recommended to purge papers and other items you do not plan to bring with you in the move.

  • If your group needs to move file cabinets, make sure all drawers are emptied except the bottom two drawers.

  • Please make sure to tell me if you have file cabinets that need to be moved, unless you have already.

  • Desk trash receptacles and personal printers should also be labeled to be brought to your new desk/office location.

Covid-19 Vaccine Appointment

All FNNDSC staff are now eligible to schedule Covid-19 vaccine appointments. To schedule the vaccine appointment, staff should contact the Practice Liaison Program at 617-919-7102 from 7am-8pm Mon-Fri. If phones are busy, staff should join the below zoom line to schedule.

Zoom Line Open from 10:00a-12:00a and 3:00p-5:00p

Meeting ID: 990 5642 2664

Password: 2020

FNNDSC Lecture Series this Week

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 17th at 10:00 AM

Presenter: Domenico Formica, PhD


Dr. Domenico Formica’s research interests lie at the intersection of robotics/mechatronics and neuroscience. On the one hand, he uses robotic and mechatronic technologies to study how the human brain plans, controls and executes movements, as well as how it acquires new motor skills, from the early stage of its development to its maturity. On the other hand, Dr. Formica exploits the knowledge acquired from healthy brain for a human-centered design of robotic and biomechatronic systems to better assess and intervene on movement-related brain pathologies, such as stroke and Parkinson’s disease.

During this lecture, he will briefly present some of his recent researches on robotic and mechatronic technologies for studying human motor control and for supporting the assessment and treatment of patients with neuromuscular disorders.


Domenico Formica received the Ph.D. degree in biomedical engineering from the Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, Italy, in 2008.

Since 2011, he has been working as faculty staff at the Università Campus Bio-medico di Roma, where he currently is Associate Professor in Industrial Bioengineering. In 2016 he co-founded the NEXT: Neurophysiology and Neuroengineering of Human-Technology Interaction research unit, a multidisciplinary research group with focus on the study of motor neuroscience in both healthy subjects and neurological patients.

In 2007 he has been visiting student at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and from 2014 to 2018 he has been visiting scientist at the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore. He has been awarded of two national grants for young researchers, by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, by the Italian Ministry of Health. Currently, he is the European Coordinator of the EU project CONBOTS and PI of the EU project NIMA. He published more than 120 peer-reviewed scientific papers on international journals and conference proceedings.


Zoom meeting information:

Password: 772264

Or dial in from your telephone:

Internally: x28882

Externally: 646-558-8656 (Primary)

408-638-0968 (If you are unable to dial into the primary number)

Telephone password: 772264

Or iPhone one-tap:

+16465588656,,91969996779# or +14086380968,,91969996779#

Meeting ID: 919 6999 6779

On-site Administrative Support This Week

Gauravi will be onsite this week on Tuesday, February 16th.

FNNDSC Fleece Orders - Payments and order specifics due by 02/26

Interested staff members who voted yes to purchasing an FNNDSC fleece jacket can write a check payable to A&R Sawyer and reference “7888B” in the memo field and send to admin, Gauravi (email her for mailing address). If you prefer Venmo, please email Gauravi and discuss details.

If you could please submit payment to her by next Friday, 02/26 that would be greatly appreciated!

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