Dr Andrew Jackson: Restoring motor function with Brain-Machine Interfaces
Introduction by Prof Alan Purvis. Devices that relay electrical signals directly to and from the nervous system may form the basis of future neural prostheses to restore function following spinal cord injury and other neurological conditions. However key technical and scientific challenges must be overcome before electronics can be successfully integrated with the brain.
In this talk I will discuss progress in several areas. First, MEMS fabrication techniques are enabling a new generation microelectrodes for chronic implantation into nervous tissue with improved long-term performance. Second, low-power autonomous electronic implants implementing continuous bidirectional interfaces with the nervous system are providing new insights into plastic reorganisation of neural circuits. Such plasticity is likely to be crucial for the successful operation of neural prostheses, and may have a beneficial role in rehabilitation following injury.
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