Michigan State wins $1.8 million NIH grant to improve brain implants
Michigan State University has landed a $1.8 million National Institutes for Health R01 grant to improve brain implants used to treat Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, depression and traumatic injuries, according to the university.The implants decipher complex chemical and electrical input and output that allow patients to bring parts of their brain and body back online, according to the announcement.
These medical advances have given patients more treatment options, however, there are still drawbacks to the devices, according to the article.
BMES member Erin Purcell, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering, is working to overcome the drawbacks, according to the article. The implants' signaling capacity tends to fade over time, and the biological response to the implants is believed to be a key contributing factor.
Purcell's team of scientists is working to understand how changes in the neurons' ability to “speak” act as determinants of the implants' success.
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