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Neuroprosthetics: harnessing the unruly neurons

  • Nov 6, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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We have all seen the cochlear implants, the early neuro-prosthetic devices that hit the markets a little over 70 years ago. 

The problem and the promise of Neuroprosthetics are both grand. The promise, to replace the neurons that are no longer functioning and restore the lost abilities. The problem, that the brain is a complex network of interacting cells, chemicals and wires. 

Nevertheless, the progress made to date is impressive. With notable success in using neuroprosthetics in various neurological illnesses such as parkinson's and epilepsy, today's researchers are promising to develop technologies to remedy nervous system deficiencies in elusive illnesses such as the Alzheimer's disease. Suggestions to use these techniques in curing mental and behavioral disorders, will not be too far away. But how far are we from reaching this ultimate targeted therapy option?

As usual, we will start with the historical background, and try to situate the problem within the current health-economy contexts. I am grateful that Meghan (a biomedical engineer, whose current doctoral research involves engineering visual-system neuro-prosthetics) suggested to cover this amazing topic and provide us with a background in the methodological basics and the current state of the art, in order to help us better envision the future of this bio-technology.  

For background information: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/560817

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  • Alex Z.

    1 · September 3, 2014

  • Ada

    interesting, thank you, Meghan and Naj!

    1 · November 7, 2013

  • Naj

    Thank you everyone for coming out; and THANK YOU Meghan for bringing to us this most fascinating topic. We should definitely have a follow up. Here's a summary; and as usual, please don't be shy to discuss and ask questions. http://www.meetup.com/Brain-Self-and-Society/pages/Neuro_prosthetics_(Summary)/ Also, please don't forget to write your review comments and invite your friends to join up :)

    November 6, 2013

  • Hua

    Thank you for the presentation Meghan and Naj for organizing. Very good subject that leads to reflection.

    1 · November 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ugh. Too much work to finish for tomorrow. I wish I could make it.

    November 6, 2013

    • Naj

      Ouch, you'll be missed! I think you would have liked this one.

      1 · November 6, 2013

  • Naj

    Dear all; for those of you who have not been to Hexagram before, it is the new Concordia building, right on top of the Guy-Concordia metro station. If you enter from St Catherine, go to the right of the security desk, all the way to the end of the hall, elevators are on the left side; come to 10th floor, the SenseLab is on the left side (along the panoramic windows).

    1 · November 6, 2013

  • Christine

    Sorry I have another event to attend; hope to be at the next one.

    November 5, 2013

    • Naj

      no problem; have fun!

      November 5, 2013

  • Hua

    Interesting topic and curious to learn more!

    1 · October 31, 2013

  • Sara

    Cannot make it on Wednesday evenings unfortunately.

    October 9, 2013

  • Paolo

    This has gotta be the coolest meetup around. Anyone else here a radio lab fan?

    1 · October 9, 2013

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