BIBS researchers to lead center for creating bioluminescent neuroscience tools

Glow in a row:  Four tubes contain the ingredients that produce bioluminescence: Coelenterazine appears buoyant, swirling as it interacts with luciferase. The three tubes on the right also contain different colored fluorescent proteins attached to the luciferase which, as a result, emit cyan, green or yellow light.

The new “NeuroNex Technology Hub” is a collaboration of BIBS faculty Chris Moore and Diane Lipscombe, Central Michigan University's  Ute Hochgeschwender, and the Scintillon Institute's Nathan Shaner. With up to $9.2 million in funding over five years from the National Science Foundation, the national center will be dedicated to developing and disseminating new tools based on giving nervous system cells the ability to make and respond to light.

(Distributed August 3, 2017)

Brown to receive up to $19M to engineer next-generation brain-computer interface

Neurograins:  A research team led by Brown University professor Arto Nurmikko aims to develop a wireless neural prosthetic system that can help people who have lost sensory function due to injury or illness.

The project aims to develop a wireless neural prosthetic system made up of thousands of implantable microdevices that could deepen understanding of the brain and lead to new medical therapies. With a grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a team lead by BIBS faculty member Arto Nurmikko will develop a fully implantable wireless brain interface system able to record and stimulate neural activity with unprecedented detail and precision.

(Distributed July 10, 2017)
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