The Neurotechnology Innovation Certificate is designed to provide foundational, multi-disciplinary knowledge in neurotechnology along with the skills needed to translate neurotechnologies into applications. The certificate blends coursework in neuroscience, computer science, and informatics with classes in innovation, design, and commercialization.
Class: Neurotechnology Innovation, Commercialization, and Entrepreneurship (NESC/PSYO 4705)
This class departs from traditional science training by emphasizing the processes of innovation and commercialization: identifying problems that represent real needs in society, and creating novel solutions that not only work, but that can actually reach the people who can benefit from them, in a form they can use. Students will develop an understanding of how to design solutions that meet a real need, and have the potential to be commercialized or otherwise make it into the hands of people who can benefit from the solutions.
Although the focus of this class is on neurotechnology, students will find that the core principles taught in the class can be applied in a wide range of scientific and technological applications. This class will provide a unique perspective and new skills that are not typically offered in undergraduate or graduate programs in science or engineering.
NICE Summer Institute
This 2-week Summer Institute in Neurotechnology Innovation, Commercialization, and Entrepreneurship (NICE) was held every year during the summer from 2012-16, with the support of an NSERC CREATE grant. The summer institute is not currently offered, however Dalhousie students can take NESC/PSYO 4705 in the regular school year.
The Master's and PhD graduate-level Certificates in Translational NeuroTechnology (TNT I and TNT II) are designed to add value to a range of graduate degree programs at Dalhousie University. Their goals are to provide both a scientific grounding in neurotechnology and clinical neuroscience, and the professional skills needed to work in translating scientific knowledge into products that benefit people. These include skills in the process of innovation, intellectual property, business, and communication. Graduates will be suited to jobs in industrial and academic settings, designing solutions that meet real needs and commercializing or otherwise mobilizing these innovations.
The certificates are open to students enrolled in graduate programs at Dalhousie University. Students may come from programs in the Faculties of:
- Science (including Psychology, Chemistry, Biology),
- Computer Science
- Medicine (including Anatomy and Neurobiology, Physiology & Biophysics, Pharmacology, and Biochemistry)
- Engineering (including the School of Biomedical Engineering)
- Management (MBA)
- Health Professions (including Audiology, Kineseology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Pathology, and Clinical Vision Sciences)
Visit the Graduate Certificates in Translational Neurotechnology (TNT) page for more information on certificate requirements and how to apply.