Primary Faculty

Kenneth J. Gustafson, Ph.D.

Kenneth J. Gustafson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Office: Room 114 Wickenden Building
Phone: (216)-368-8626
Fax: (216)-368-4969
Mail Address: Room 309 Wickenden Building 2071 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Cleveland, OH 44106-7207
Selected links:

• Gustafson Lab
• Neural Engineering Center >>
• Functional Electrical Stimulation Center >>
• Bioelectric Specialty Sequence >>
• Neuromechanics >>
• Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center >>
• Case/UH Urology >>
• PubMed Citations >>

Research Summary

Professor Gustafson's research is in the areas of neural engineering and neural prostheses. His research interests focus on understanding the systems-level neurophysiology and neural control of pelvic functions, and using this information to design and develop neural prostheses that interface with native spinal neural circuitry and restore physiologic function. Lower urinary tract dysfunction can have a devastating clinical impact. Therefore his efforts include developmental and pre-clinical studies to translate research advances into clinical implementation at the earliest opportunity.

Current projects in both animal models and individuals with neural dysfunction include peripheral activation of spinal circuits to activate and inhibit bladder function, development of an implanted neural prosthesis able to selectively record and stimulate neural pathways and restore bladder function, exploring neural anatomy fundamentals to improve peripheral nerve electrode design, neural recording of organ activity as a control source for closed-loop neural prostheses, commercial activities to translate research discoveries into clinical practice, and combining neuromuscular stimulation and myoplasty to harness skeletal muscle power for cardiac assist and rehabilitation applications.

Recent Publications

•  Lewandowski BE, Kilgore KL, Gustafson KJ. In-vivo demonstration of a self-sustaining, implantable, stimulated-muscle-powered piezoelectric generator prototype. In Press: Ann Biomed Eng. 2009.
•  Mariano TY, Bhadra N, Gustafson KJ. Suppression of reflex urethral responses by afferent stimulation in an acute spinalized feline model. In Press. Neurourol Urodyn 2009.
•  Gustafson KJ, Neville J, Syed I, Davis JA, Pinault GCJ, Jean-Claude J, Triolo RJ. Fascicular anatomy of the human femoral nerve: implications for standing neural prostheses utilizing nerve cuff electrodes. In Press: JRRD. 2009.
•  Bruns TM, Bhadra N, Gustafson KJ. Intraurethral Stimulation for Reflex Bladder Activation Depends on Stimulation Pattern and Location. Neurourol Urodyn 28: 561-566, 2009.
•  Lewandowski BE, Kilgore KL, Gustafson KJ. Feasibility of an implanted, stimulated muscle powered piezoelectric generator as a power source for implanted medical devices. ENERGY HARVESTING TECHNOLOGIES. Eds: S. Priya, D. Inman, 2009. ISBN: 978-0-387-76463-4.
•  *Grinberg Y, Schiefer M, Tyler DJ, Gustafson KJ. Fascicular perineurium thickness, size, and position affect model predictions of neural excitation. IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng. 16(6):572-81, 2008.
   *This work won the National BMES 2007 Undergraduate Student Design and Research Award
•  Vaze A, Goldman H, Jones JS, Rackley R, Vasavada S, Gustafson KJ. Determining the course of the dorsal nerve of the clitoris. Urol, 72(5): 1040-43, 2008.
•  Goldman H, Amundsen CL, Mangel J, Grill J, Bennett M, Rackley R, Vasavada S, Gustafson KJ, Grill WM. Dorsal Genital Nerve Stimulation for the Treatment of Overactive Bladder Symptoms. Neurourol Urodyn, 27(6): 499-50, 2008.
•  Boger A, Bhadra N, Gustafson KJ. Bladder Voiding by Combined High Frequency Electrical Pudendal Nerve Block and Sacral Root Stimulation. Neurourol Urodyn, 27(5): 435-439, 2008.
•  Mariano TY, Boger AS, Gustafson KJ. The Feline Dorsal Nerve of the Penis Arises from the Deep Perineal Nerve and Not the Sensory Afferent Branch. Anat Histol Embryol., 37(3): 166-8, 2008.
•  Bruns TM, Bhadra N, Gustafson KJ. Variable patterned pudendal nerve stimuli improves reflex bladder activation, IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng, 16(2): 140-148, 2008.


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