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Chris Duncan

University of Utah and Salt Lake City Veterans Hospital
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Vice President's Clinical and Translational Scholar

Chris Duncan M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Vice President's Clinical and Translational Scholar at the University of Utah and Salt Lake City Veteran's Hospital.  He obtained a BA in Russian Literature and Language from Brigham Young University and then pivoted to pursue medical training at Virginia Commonwealth University - Medical College of Virgina.  During his time there, he became fascinated with the control theories of movement and the complex workings of the brain, nerve and muscles.   This intellectual focus was magnified by the poignant human experience of incurable neurologic disease and the moral imperative to restore function and sense of self to his patients.  As a chief resident in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Utah, he joined the established DARPA-funded lab of Gregory A. Clark Ph.D. to forge a stronger partnership between neural engineering and clinical practice to expedite desperately needed solutions for persons with amputations. 

Dr. Duncan's research is focused on the restoration of movement and sensation for amputees through the development of advanced neuroprosthetics that can tap into and communicate with the nerves and muscles. His overarching aim is to restore and elevate function in upper limb prosthetics to rival the natural hand.   In collaboration with a strong interdisciplinary team, Dr. Duncan has published on decreasing phantom limb pain after nerve injury and amputation, nerve and muscle signal decoding algorithms, and the meaningfulness of sensory restoration for embodiment and improved function.  

My Speakers Sessions

Tuesday, September 25
 

11:00am