NeuroMIND – Neuroscience and Micro Nano Devices

Link: fnir.nu 

A project in VINNOVA’s Bionano IT progicular:

Development, improvement and industrialization of micromachined ramme in collaboration with Dept of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet. Overall objectives: to develop and industrialize micro/nano devices for applications in neuroscience, and in partmultielectrode probes for recordings in neural tissue.

Evaluation and use of the neural probes in application experiments (multi-unit recordings), thus providing input and feedback to probe development.

The vertebrate brain is a complex system of cortical areas and subcortical structures making up an intricate network of functional circuits for sensory perception, cognition, emotional response, and motor control.

Each circuit is composed of thousands of neurons organized into local networks which perform powerful processing contributing to different aspects of the behaviour. Although the characteristics of single neurons have been studied extensively, the different functions of the brain cannot be explained without taking its network properties in account. For most systems these are largely unknown as it has been very difficult to study the activity of many neurons at the same time. Thus there is a gap in our understanding between the cellular and system levels.

Microfabricated tools that enable multiple and simultaneous recordings to be made in neural tissue are essential to narrow that gap, and some observers believe that a quantum jump in the understanding of the brain is likely to occur at some point, as the number of recording sites increases. Such tools may also find utility in drug discovery processes. Furthermore, Sweden has an outstanding tradition in the neurosciences to build new cross-disciplinary ventures upon.

Overall project objectives: To develop and industrialize micro/nano devices for applications in neuroscience, and in particular:

Development, improvement and industrialization of micromachined multielectrode probes for recordings in neural tissue. Evaluation and use of the neural probes in application experiments (multi-unit recordings), thus providing input and feedback to probe development.
 

Schematic drawing of a micromachined silicon neural probe chip developed at Acreo
Schematic drawing of a micromachined silicon neural probe chip developed at Acreo
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~ by blombladivinden on September 5, 2011.

2 Responses to “NeuroMIND – Neuroscience and Micro Nano Devices”

  1. Herregud, lol! När han säger: “And rather than say: -What have we sunk to? This is awful.” They reacted with: -This is wonderful!” Ganska komiskt att förstå hur sjuka de är.

  2. Maggs,

    Är det så att din kommentar skulle hamnat i inlägget ovan?

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