Leveraging micro-sensors for minimally invasive neuromodulation device

More than 1/3 of people will be affected by a neurological condition in their lifetime. Seeking effective treatments for various brain ailments is paramount to a healthy and prosperous society. Both the quality of life and the economic impact of brain disorders is staggering, costing our healthcare systems billions of dollars annually. Unfortunately, most patients impacted by brain-related ailments can only be managed either pharmacologically or surgically; both approaches however fail to resolve the underlying neurological problems, which is likely to exacerbate as our population ages. Recent progresses in neural recording and stimulation have rendered the field of brain-machine-interfaces as a viable solution to treat, at least part, of the neurological disorder sufferers.

This more recent and medically proven approach consists of treating brain problems by engineering devices that can be interfaced directly with neural tissue. Such devices can record and electrically stimulate the brain, thus forming a two-way link between the brain and the electronics, allowing clinicians to “listen” and “talk” back to their patients’ brain, similar to pacemaker for the heart.

Intern: 
Pierre Wijdenes
Faculty Supervisor: 
Naweed I. Syed
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Alberta
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