By Noubar Ounjian
“No human ever became interesting by not failing, so the more you fail and recover and improve, the better you are as a person and as a professional.” These words came from an AUA alumnus, graduated as MIS class of 2014 and now, a profoundly prominent contributor and researcher in the field of neuroscience.
Achieving his life goal through dedication and hard work, Dr. Grigoryan has been a successful neuroscientist through a journey of conducting extensive research on human cognition, to brain-computer interfaces that can recover stroke patients from their medical condition. In the meantime, his approach to stroke patients has been extraordinary because his prominent caring personality has brought him to his senses that every patient deserves maximum care. In which cases, you should be prepared enough to have sufficient skills for a specific medical task. Just as he specializes in his neurorehabilitation research, Dr. Grigoryan emphasized on collective actions when dealing with stroke patients because the input of computer scientists, neuroscientist, neurologist, and psychiatrist can easily result in a better coping mechanism in reviving the patient.
Dr. Grigoryan before he reached his current status, he sincerely feels grateful to his AUA years and the ways and patterns his instructors taught him with the elements of always being motivated and a mindset of never giving up, which have helped him to think out of the box. Likewise, he feels fortunate for working with Suren Khachatryan and Aram Hajian who are both CSE professors. He believes they have been key figures in putting solid cornerstone in his career. Reflecting on his AUA years, Dr. Grigoryan learned never to give up and quoted Churchill’s famous quote, “if you’re going through hell just keep going and you will never know when you will get this treasure box, so you just have to keep going.” Therefore, deducing that an extra push of inspiration could drive you to the path of success.
While Dr. Grigoryan was telling about the links between how cooperation of different medical departments can help any medical patient, he vows to go beyond with his team of experts in reversing the traditional physiotherapy post-stroke rehabilitation strategy into creating a brain-computer interface. As Dr. Grigoryan assessed: “Brain-computer interfaces can, in fact, help during this post-stroke rehabilitation because what happens is once you have a stroke there is usually a certain amount of time where the recovery is happening at its maximum, but through this given period it usually slows down and becomes stagnant. So what I am interested in how we can overcome this Plato and get a faster rehabilitation outcome which results in better motor movements and better quality of life for patients.”
During his extensive neuroscientific research days, Dr. Grigoryan does not deprive himself of exercising since he cycles back and forth to the medical facility and doesn’t bother to start his day with a shot of espresso because he finds it a very vital tool to push his day forward. While interviewing with Dr. Grigoryan, I realized some humanistic features he has in him throughout the years of dealing with patients and does not neglect himself in advising other people as well in improving their life by never giving up on their dreams and always stay healthy. As Dr. Grigoryan said, “Failing is the integral process of progress.”
Dr. Khosrov Grigoryan is currently working at the Department of Neurology, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany. He received his masters of science in computer and information Science from AUA Zaven & Sonia Akian college of science and engineering in 2014. He earned a second bachelor degree in cognitive sciences in Vienna and now has a Ph.D. in Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences.