Developing better Bionics for Brain stimulation and recording
This project explores how best to interface neural prosthetic devices into the brain for the treatment of many neurological disorders and sensory related dysfunction.
The primary goal of this project is to decode neural processing using novel neural engineering and neuroscientific methods including brain microstimulation and multichannel neural recording.
The information obtained using novel neural engineering would benefit coding more generally leading to enhanced neural interfacing options and clues to assist the development of intelligent bionics in the future. Options for the treatment of sensory dysfunction, tinnitus and neurological disorders such as epilepsy using deep brain stimulation can also be explored as multiple projects in this area are offered. This project has the capacity to use a number of different techniques tailored to the students interest. While the primary focus is on small animal multichannel brain recording and micro stimulation, given the multidisciplinary nature of this work there are opportunities to undertake projects in many fields. Students with an interest in neuroscience together with biological sciences, neural and biomedical engineering, mathematics, computer science or psychology are encouraged to undertake this exciting visionary project. Watch the exciting JOVE article that illustrates some of the techniques now available at our new Florey Institute labs at Melbourne Brain Centre Austin Campus.
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