Neurotechnology encompasses the development of devices that monitor the brain, probe its function, and repair or replace damaged circuitry. BIBS scientists are pioneers in this field, leading the first human trial of an implanted neural interface system.
Neurotechnology is an emerging field that spans a number of disciplines in life and physical sciences and emanates from the already highly interdisciplinary fields of neuroscience and neuroengineering. Goals include the creation of micro-scale devices that couple the nervous system to physical systems. Such systems would monitor nervous system function, diagnose disease, or repair damage with physical components. For example, an epilepsy sensor as small as a baby aspirin on the surface of the brain could provide an early warning system for impending seizures. The groundwork for this device is already underway at Brown. The same types of neural interfaces can restore lost functions such as vision or movement in neurologically impaired humans.
The Neurotechnology Initiative accelerates Brown's efforts in this field by:
- catalyzing the formation of interdisciplinary research teams and leading efforts to secure research funding for new neurotechnology projects.
- encouraging the transition of results from neurotechnology research at Brown on a path to clinical trials and commercialization.
- pursuing research partnerships in neurotechnology and related disciplines with outside organizations including academic, industrial, clinical and government entities.
- providing unique, interdisciplinary training programs for undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral fellows
- establishing new central research facilities essential for neurotechnology