Navigation Links
Keck Foundation funds work on tiny, implantable computers to restore lost brain functions
Date:2/8/2011

Tiny, implantable computers that would restore brain function lost to disease or injury is the goal of University of Washington research recently funded by a $1 million, three-year grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation.

The UW has made significant progress in neural engineering the study of communication and control between biological and machine systems. The Keck project is the next step in advancing the technology of miniature devices developed at the UW to record from and stimulate the brain, spinal cord and muscles.

The principal investigator on the Keck Foundation grant is Dr. Eberhard E. Fetz, UW professor of physiology and biophysics and a core staff researcher at the Washington National Primate Research Center. He and his colleagues have successfully deployed tiny, battery-powered implantable brain-computer interfaces called neurochips in animals.

The neurochip can record nerve cell activity in one part of the brain, process this activity and then stimulate cells in another brain region. The battery-powered device operates continuously during free behavior. When primates carry out their usual daily activities socializing, climbing, eating, and exploring their brains can learn to exploit these new resources under normal behavioral conditions.

One potential clinical application is to bridge lost biological connections. For example, the researchers have shown that monkeys can learn to bypass an anesthetic block in the nerves of the arm and to activate temporarily paralyzed muscles with activity of cortical neurons. In some ways the device acts as a volition processor, tapping into signals representing the will to move and using them to stimulate the paralyzed muscles to reach targets.

"Using an implantable computer interface to implement novel interactions between brain sites opens many fundamentally new research directions," Fetz said, "depending on the site of recording and stimulation, and how these
'/>"/>

Contact: Leila Gray
leilag@u.washington.edu
206-685-0381
University of Washington
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2 3 4

Related biology news :

1. A major prize in the chemical sciences announced by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation
2. Entertainment Software Association Foundation awards grant to FAS for immune attack
3. National Science Foundation grants Clemson professors award to develop nanoprobes
4. Dunn Foundation gives Rice $3M for collaborative research grants
5. National Science Foundation grant expands UMCES oyster research
6. UT Southwestern researcher awarded Gates Foundation grant for novel vaccine development
7. The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation to host important symposium on chemistry and the environment
8. Parkinsons Disease Foundation announces award of $150,000
9. Meyskens honored with AACR-Prevent Cancer Foundation award
10. The MDS foundation supports vidazas recommendation for European approval
11. Boost from McGill, Gates Foundation helps Africans control pharma research
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Keck Foundation funds work on tiny, implantable computers to restore lost brain functions
(Date:3/19/2015)... March 19, 2015  NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTD ... on the growing mobile commerce market, announces its biometric payment ... clip that aired this week on Washington DC,s ... In a segment "The Next Great Thing", host ... way to pay, and ,a really big breakthrough in mobile ...
(Date:3/16/2015)... 16, 2015 Between 16 ... present groundbreaking innovations in biometric identification at the ... .      (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150316/735333 ... is well at the forefront: the company,s all ... in Germany . BiometricGate is ...
(Date:3/11/2015)... and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/3p32qm/access_control ) has announced ... Product, Application & By Geography - Global Forecast & ... This report predicts that the access control ... with an estimated CAGR of 10.6%. The ... as contact cards & readers, contactless cards & readers, ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):NXT-ID's Wocket Smart Wallet Featured on Fox News Segment, "The Next Great Thing" 2NXT-ID's Wocket Smart Wallet Featured on Fox News Segment, "The Next Great Thing" 3DERMALOG Presents its Latest Biometric Innovations at the Hannover CeBIT Exhibition, 16 - 20 March 2015 2DERMALOG Presents its Latest Biometric Innovations at the Hannover CeBIT Exhibition, 16 - 20 March 2015 3Global Access Control (Cards & Readers, Biometrics, Controllers, Management Software) Market 2015-2020 - Analysis of the $10 Billion Market 2
... (Garrison, NY) As government support for personalized medicine ... ethical controversies. Direct-to-consumer genetic tests, privacy, targeted cancer therapies, ... issue of the Hastings center Report ... medicine the use of genetic information to individualize ...
... (September 15, 2010) BioSpace and BioMed Central ... Career Network today, a new online community for ... and industry news. The new Career Network ... with open access publisher BioMed Central,s 1.2 million ...
... Scientists at UC Santa Barbara have discovered a caste ... parasitic fluke species that invades the California horn snail. ... of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B ... vicious, killer morphs defending the colony," said Armand M. ...
Cached Biology News:With growing US support for personalized medicine, a look at ethical dilemmas 2'Warrior worms' discovered in snails; UCSB scientists see possible biomedical applications 2
(Date:3/26/2015)... , March 26, 2015 PAREXEL ... global clinical research organization , announced ... definitive agreement to acquire all of the ... a leading provider of specialized pharmacovigilance services, ... the collection, detection, assessment, monitoring, and prevention ...
(Date:3/26/2015)... 2015 WriteResult, a premier provider of ... Yale University’s School of Public Health and New Haven ... a 4 month-long project. The goal of the study ... families with free access to fresh produce and nutrition ... concerns like high blood pressure, diabetes and weight gain. ...
(Date:3/25/2015)... 2015 Optimal Research, LLC has been nominated ... Award "Best Clinical Site or Trial Network". ... been selected as a nominee in this ViE award ... Recommended" distinction in 2014. The ViE awards were created ... and positive contributions of companies and individuals in the ...
(Date:3/25/2015)... Accelovance, a therapeutically focused contract research organization ... Research Organization" at the upcoming Vaccine Industry Excellence (ViE) ... This is the eighth consecutive year Accelovance has ... for "Best Contract Research Organization" in 2009, 2010, and ... "We,re excited to be a finalist for ...
Breaking Biology Technology:PAREXEL Announces Execution of Definitive Agreement to Acquire Quantum Solutions India, Strengthening Leadership In Pharmacovigilance Services 2PAREXEL Announces Execution of Definitive Agreement to Acquire Quantum Solutions India, Strengthening Leadership In Pharmacovigilance Services 3PAREXEL Announces Execution of Definitive Agreement to Acquire Quantum Solutions India, Strengthening Leadership In Pharmacovigilance Services 4Yale and New Haven Farms Improving Patient Health with WriteResult's myPROpad™ 2Yale and New Haven Farms Improving Patient Health with WriteResult's myPROpad™ 3Optimal Research Nominated 2015 Vaccine Industry Excellence (ViE) Award 2Accelovance Nominated for 2015 Vaccine Industry Excellence (ViE) Awards 2
... , WALTHAM, Mass., Dec. 14 Lionbridge (Nasdaq: ... a new, three-year master services agreement with a multi-billion ... patients in approximately 100 countries. With the agreement Lionbridge ... company,s online content, which includes regulatory, marketing, training, human ...
... Dec. 11 EntreMed, Inc. (Nasdaq: ENMD ), today ... sales of Thalomid® during the third quarter compared to estimated ... anticipates a decrease in fourth quarter and projected revenue for ... for the third quarter will be reflected in the fourth ...
... , SAN DIEGO, Dec. 11 ... University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center of the first patient ... fficacy) Phase 2 pivotal trial in patients with relapsed or refractory ... and highly selective small molecule that was specifically designed as a FMS-like ...
Cached Biology Technology:Multi-Billion Dollar Biotech Firm Chooses Lionbridge as Exclusive Translation Provider with Three-Year Master Services Agreement 2Multi-Billion Dollar Biotech Firm Chooses Lionbridge as Exclusive Translation Provider with Three-Year Master Services Agreement 3EntreMed Reports Receipt of Third Quarter Royalty Payment 2Ambit Biosciences Initiates First Phase 2 Clinical Trial of AC220 in Acute Myeloid Leukemia 2Ambit Biosciences Initiates First Phase 2 Clinical Trial of AC220 in Acute Myeloid Leukemia 3Ambit Biosciences Initiates First Phase 2 Clinical Trial of AC220 in Acute Myeloid Leukemia 4Ambit Biosciences Initiates First Phase 2 Clinical Trial of AC220 in Acute Myeloid Leukemia 5
Without sodium bicarbonate. Sterile, Cell culture tested...
... Bioactive peptides are molecules of peptidic nature ... or activity which can be developed at ... and agro-food applications. In this way it ... superior properties for therapeutic applications. Primm offers ...
... is a fluorescence scanner with 1 or ... Packing, Protein, CGH, ) spotted on standard ... of InnoScan700 scanners include three different models:, ... a simultaneous dual fluorescence scanner (635nm and ...
... neurons in vesicles called synaptosomes. ... bouton. Synaptosomes may be centrifuged ... cellular debris. Abnormalites in neurotransmitter release ... condtions. Conditions of release may ...
Biology Products: