The latest news about NeuroArm. Developments, press and upcoming events.

2016 Killam Scholars, including Project neuroArm Engineer Dr. Yaser Maddahi, celebrated at annual reception (October 28th, 2016)

Photograph courtesy of Jae Im for the University of Calgary. Click image for full UToday article.

Killam Postdoctoral Laureate Dr. Yaser Maddahi celebrated along with fellow Killam Scholars and award winners at annual reception.

Project neuroArm Engineer Rachael L’Orsa Featured in APEGA’S PEG Magazine (Spring 2016) (May 1st, 2016)

Photograph courtesy of Red Oline, E.I.T. (PEG Spring 2016). Click image for full PEG Magazine article.

Rachael L’Orsa, E.I.T.: ‘The best advice I ever received…’

Event Announcement! 2nd Calgary International DTI Tractography Workshop (January 7th, 2016)



On March 5-6, 2016, we will once again welcome delegates from the Americas and Asia for the 2nd International DTI Tractography Workshop – Calgary 2016! Building upon our first event held in February 2014, the workshop is conducted in collaboration with our colleagues from the University of Vienna, Austria, providing a unique teaching and learning experience here at Project neuroArm, University of Calgary.

Designed with an interesting mix of informative lectures, cadaveric dissection of brain white matter tracts and correlation to image-guidance/cranial neuronavigation, the workshop aims to educate residents/fellows and staff neurosurgeons on the importance of brain white matter tract fibres and their relationship to disease pathology. With support from our industrial partner Medtronic Inc., Minnetonka MN, USA, the course will utilize both the University of Calgary’s Advanced Technical Skills and Simulation Lab (ATSSL) facility for hands-on cadaveric brain dissection, and Project neuroArm’s advanced Medical Robotics Research platform.

Motivational Dinner presentation:

The first evening of the two-day symposium will host an invited motivational speaker for a dinner lecture. In 2014, we hosted Byron Smith, fellow Albertan and summiteer of both Mount Everest and the Seven Summits, to share his motivation and drive to accomplish formidable goals. This year, we are planning to invite Robert Thirsk, Canadian astronaut and the Chancellor of the University of Calgary, to share the intricacies of space travel and how it changes your perspective of life here on earth.

In summary, the workshop not only introduces neurosurgeons world-wide to nuances of neurosurgical training and education in Calgary, but also warmly invites the visitors to western Canadian slopes and rockies, fostering friendship and tourism in the process. Cordially hosted by Dr. Garnette Sutherland himself, the event presents both an educational and interactive experience to the local and international neurosurgical communities, such that an international collaborative network of innovative researchers and surgeons is created. The event also allows an ideal opportunity to witness the world’s leading edge advanced robotic technologies in development, together with a tour of the 3.0T iMRI clinical operating suite that houses the image-guided neurosurgical robot neuroArm, both designed and developed here in Calgary!


Applications are welcome from senior neurosurgery residents/fellows and staff. Please see the Workshop Agenda below for registration details.

2016 DTI Workshop Agenda

DTI Workshop 2014

1st Calgary International DTI Workshop February 2014.

Project neuroArm Engineer Dr. Yaser Maddahi earns Killam Postdoctoral Scholarship to develop touch-sensitive hand-controller (October 28th, 2015)

Photograph courtesy of the University of Calgary. Click image for full UToday article.

Scholar scans neurosurgeons’ brains as they perform simulated operations.

Dr. Garnette Sutherland receives third honour from NASA for Project neuroArm (July 13th, 2015)
May 12, 2008, Faculty of Medicine, UCalgary, Alberta: neuroArm procedure a first in the world, performed at Foothills Medical Centre. Digital image by Calvin Sun

Photograph courtesy of the University of Calgary. Click image for full UToday article.

Garnette Sutherland recognized for world’s first MRI-compatible surgical robot

Click here to view the ever-growing list of NeuroArm-related lectureships, publications and patents.

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