Flexible Silicon Implants Provide New Interface for Studying Brain Diseases
- Sangeeta Ghosh Dastidar for ibtimes.com November 16th, 2011
- Source: http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/250446/20111116/flexible-silicon-implants-provide-new-interface-studying.htm
Flexible brain implants, with minimal intrusion, could well become a reality in mapping brain activity. A new research has led to the development of a device that could treat neurological and psychiatric ailments by identifying origins of seizures in the brain for further medical intervention. In fact, the study believes that the new implantable array made up of silicon nanomembrane transistors is the first of its kind to be used as a brain interface.
Lead researcher, Jonathan Viventi, at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, and his team of researchers have devised a streamlined, minimally invasive brain interface that could bring across a new understanding of brain diseases like epilepsy, as well as usher in a new generation of implantable neuroprosthetic and diagnostic devices.