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Now, for the first time ever, scientists and researchers have successfully used neural implants
to help a person feel touch on a prosthetic limb.
Now a post-doctoral scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the 28-yearold's research is focused on building neural implants
for the treatment of brain disorders, disability and immunodisorders.
This project aims to address two major challenges: to achieve the realization of a highly mechanically stable implant, allowing long term connection between neurons and microelectrodes and to provide neural implants
with a high temporal and spatial resolution.
Researchers at UCSF aren't exactly strangers to the medtech space, having recently been awarded $26 million in government funding to study neural implants
for Parkinson's disease and epilepsy.
RH: How far away do you think we are from using neural implants
to monitor health and safety of patients that are home-bound or who suffer from terminal or catastrophic illnesses?
As exemplified by blood product tracking on Spain's Balearic Islands, more than just equipment and people will be managed: blood products, neural implants
, cardiac valves, bone morphogenic proteins, and tissue implants all have expiration dates and need to be stored at the correct temperature and humidity.
Herr said developing neuroprosthetics will require advances in neural implants
, motors and other technologies.
Kensall Wise, the William Gould Dow Distinguished University professor emeritus in engineering, explained that currently, the skull must remain open while neural implants
are in the head, which makes using them in a patient's daily life unrealistic.
The School of Systems Engineering includes the university's cybernetics department, famous for Professor Kevin Warwick's research into neural implants
Reichert (biomedical engineering, Duke University) presents several technical reports on cutting edge technologies that are either currently in use or being developed for using neural implants
Students were also introduced to experiments involving technology for identifying and tracking humans, robots with biological brains, deep brain stimulation for therapeutic purposes and neural implants
to enhance human abilities.