Loyola University Chicago

Engineering Science

Faculty

Vincent (Chiun-Fan) Chen, PhD

Title/s: Assistant Professor

Office #: 108 CFSU

Phone: 773.508.2147

E-mail: cchen17@luc.edu

About

Dr. Chen is an assistant professor of biomedical engineering with expertise in neuromodulation and rehabilitation engineering.  He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University, and pursued a career in the tech industry while working on his graduate degrees. Before joining Loyola Chicago, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and conducted clinical research at the Neuromodulation Center of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. His experience in the tech industry and knowledge in the clinical rehabilitation field has enabled him to play a unique role in many research projects focusing on the development of neurorehabilitation devices. 

Research Interests

Dr. Chen's current research focuses on quantifying the extent of neuroplasticity induced by the application of brain and peripheral nerve stimulation. His key objective is to systematically investigate these unknown mechanisms individually and to apply them in clinical practice, i.e., by isolating each problem in order to identify and apply an optimal and targeted solution, with the ultimate goal of providing clinicians a better means to gain a more detailed understanding of specific neurological disorders, particularly those related to the brain. His other research interests relate to the field of rehabilitation engineering and in particular, the development of assistive and neuroprosthetic devices.

Selected Publications

1.Chen C-F, Lin Y-T, Chen W-S, Fregni F. Contribution of Corticospinal Modulation and Total Electrical Energy for Peripheral-Nerve-Stimulation-Induced Neuroplasticity as Indexed by Additional Muscular Force. Brain stimulation. 2016;9(1):133-40.

2.Shen Y, Yin Z, Fan Y, Chen C-F, et al. Comparison of the Effects of Contralaterally Controlled Functional Electrical Stimulation and Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation on Upper Extremity Functions in Patients with StrokeCNS & Neurological Disorders-Drug Targets. 2015;14(10):1260-6.

3.Yin Z, Shen Y, Dietrich Reinhardt J, Chen C-F, et al. 5 Hz Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation with Maximum Voluntary Muscle Contraction Facilitates Cerebral Cortex Excitability of Normal SubjectsCNS & Neurological Disorders-Drug Targets. 2015;14(10):1298-303.

4.Chen C-F, Kuo Y-H, Luh J-J, Chen Y-J, et al. Reducing anterior tibial translation by applying functional electrical stimulation in dynamic knee extension exercises: Quantitative results acquired via marker trackingClinical Biomechanics. 2013;28(5):549-54.

5.Chen C-F, Chen W-S, Chou L-W, Chang Y-J, et al. Pulse energy as a reliable reference for twitch forces induced by transcutaneous neuromuscular electrical stimulation.IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering. 2012;20(4):574-83.