Woock wins NSF Fellowship

John Woock, a biomedical engineering graduate student, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Woock is working with BME Associate Professor Warren Grill on a bladder pacemaker to restore bladder emptying following neurological disease or injury. Specifically, Woock will characterize the bladder response elicited by electrical stimulation of pelvic peripheral nerves in hopes of developing a minimally invasive neural prosthesis capable of restoring urinary function. Grill has accepted an invitation to serve on the National Academies’ Keck Futures Initiative Program Committee for "Smart Prosthetics: Exploring Devices for the Body and Mind." The initiative will host a conference Nov. 9-12. For more information see www.keckfutures.org