BME’s Dominique Durand honored for exemplary research contributions

Dominique Durand, the Elmer Lincoln Lindseth Professor in Biomedical Engineering, has been named one of the recipients of the university’s Faculty Distinguished Research Awards for his contributions to the field of neural engineering.
The awards, created last year under the direction of Vice President for Research Robert Miller, recognize faculty members for outstanding contributions to knowledge creation, scholarship and/or artistic creativity in their areas of expertise. Awardees are expected to have national and international renown for their scholarly contributions.

Durand is known for his significant, creative research on the function of the nervous system—especially as it relates to the understanding and treatment of alcoholism, epilepsy, sleep apnea, paralysis and amputation.

Durand, who also serves as director of the Neural Engineering Center, consistently receives federal funding for his work—including two projects funded by the National Institutes of Health in the past year. Durand has published more than 125 peer-reviewed articles that have generated more than 4,500 citations; founded the Journal of Neural Engineering; and serves on the editorial boards of nine journals. He also translates his research into real-world applications; he has 12 patents awarded or pending and 26 patent disclosures.
Durand’s work has been recognized on campus and around the world. At Case Western Reserve, he’s received the Case School of Engineering’s Research Leadership Award (2005) and Innovation Research Award (2012), as well as the university’s Carl F. Wittke Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching (1991) and John S. Diekhoff Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching (1994). In addition, he has been named a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biomedical Engineering (1998), the Institute of Physics (2004) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (2010).

Durand joins two other Distinguished Research Professors on the Case School of Engineering faculty. Hatsuo “Ken” Ishida, professor of macromolecular science and engineering, and Zehra Meral Ozsoyoglu, the Andrew R. Jennings Professor of Computing, received inaugural awards last year. 
Durand was one of four Case Western Reserve faculty members to receive the honor this spring. Other winners included Jim Kazura, professor of international health, medicine and pathology, for his contributions to the field of global health; Peter Ritchken, professor of banking and finance, for his contributions to the field of finance; and Michael Weiss, the Cowan-Blum Professor of Cancer Research and chair of biochemistry, for his contributions to the study of precursors of insulin.
Learn more about the winners and their research.