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FACULTY OF MEDICINE AWARDS PROFESSOR IN NEUROREHABILITATION HONORARY DOCTORATE AT AALBORG UNIVERSITY

FACULTY OF MEDICINE AWARDS PROFESSOR IN NEUROREHABILITATION HONORARY DOCTORATE AT AALBORG UNIVERSITY

The Faculty of Medicine has awarded Ranu Jung an honorary doctorate at Aalborg University. She is a professor and head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Florida International University.

Last modified: 10.08.2020

PIONEER IN FUNCTIONAL REHABILITATION

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Professor Ranu Jung is an important partner and source of inspiration for the Department of Medicine and Health Technology, in particular for the department's Neural Engineering and Neurophysiology research group. With her research on neural engineering, computational neuroscience and sensorimotor integration, Ranu Jung brings new and groundbreaking knowledge to the department.

Ranu Jung’s work focuses on advancing research in the field of neurotechnology specifically through the development of technologies for people with a sensory or motor impairment. Over the years, Jung has established herself as a leader in engineering and neuroscience, and develops solutions that focus on both functional and therapeutic rehabilitation, with clear clinical applications.

- Ranu Jung's research and development of biohybrid systems is extremely inspiring and groundbreaking. The interface and synergy between the human nervous system and Jung's biologically based technologies help bring innovative angles into our research at AAU on neural engineering, explains Professor Winnie Jensen, Vice Head of the Department of Health Science and Technology and head of the Neural Engineering and Neurophysiology research group. 

Today, it is possible to get a hand prosthesis after an amputation, but many hand prostheses are rejected by users because they cannot be optimally controlled and often require the user to constantly keep track of what the hand is doing. Jung's research team has developed the first wireless and implantable neural interface to control a hand prosthesis, thereby restoring both motor function and sensory feedback after an amputation. This means that not only can you move the prosthesis but also feel where it is and thus naturally follow what the "prosthesis is doing." After obtaining FDA approval, the research team is the first in the world to successfully complete tests on humans. This is a crucial step in neural engineering in terms of research, innovation and entrepreneurship.

EACH PERSON IS A MYSTERY

Characteristic of Ranu Jung's research is the holistic approach to developing advanced prostheses. Preservation of social identity is a high priority. Ranu Jung's research projects are always based on something more complicated and diverse than intelligent technology, i.e. human beings. With a focus on improving the quality of life for people with lost or impaired function, the goal for Ranu Jung, as she herself describes it, is "to solve the mystery" – to find a novel solution that can help the individual. Therefore, it is not sufficient for Professor Jung to simply develop prostheses. They do not restore the sense of touch for a person who has had an arm amputated. It is the ability to lift a glass of water or comb your own hair that makes a difference for a person. Improved quality of life is thus an important parameter for the development of the advanced prostheses that are controlled by nerve signals. Listen to Ranu Jung talk about solving the mystery: 


A STRONG AMBASSADOR

Ranu Jung was named a Wallace H. Coulter Eminent Scholar at Florida International University where, since 2011, she has been employed as a professor and head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Ranu Jung's CV testifies to an impressive career and scientific production. Jung holds eight patents and four pending approval. Her publication list counts more than 130 scientific articles and contributions to books such as Encyclopedia of Computational Neuroscience and Biohybrid Systems: Nerves, Interfaces, and Machines. Her awards, memberships and various posts in prominent scientific organizations are also numerous. These include Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and Senior Member of the IEEE. 

Throughout her career, Ranu Jung has mentored younger researchers. As a member of the Society of Women Engineers and the International Women's Forum, Professor Jung takes pride in strengthening the role of women in research and management as a natural part of creating equality in engineering – the equality that also characterizes the human focus in Professor Jung’s research.

- Ranu Jung's contribution to the relationship and knowledge sharing between our institutions benefits both parties – and not least students in AAU's Biomedical Engineering programme who are part of an exchange programme with Florida International University. We now hope to formalize the collaboration and further strengthen the synergy between our respective research areas and programmes. It is a great honour to award Professor Ranu Jung an honorary doctorate at Aalborg University, and even greater honour to have such a strong ambassador for our university, concludes Professor Winnie Jensen, Vice Head of Department, Department of Health Science and Technology.