30th June 2010 - News release


A Tel Aviv University team is aiming to create a microchip that can help doctors wire computer applications and sensors to the brain. Using Deep Brain Stimulation to stimulate certain areas of the brain, the effects of medical disorders such as Parkinson's Disease can be reduced. However, because controlling that stimulation currently lacks precision, some of its therapeutic benefits are lost over time. The team's method is to record activity using electrodes
implanted in diseased areas of the brain. Based on an analysis of this activity, they develop algorithms to simulate healthy neuronal activity which are programmed into a microchip and fed back into the brain. For now, the chip, called the Rehabilitation Nano Chip (ReNaChip), is hooked up to tiny electrodes which are implanted in the brain. But as chips become smaller, the ReNaChip could be made small enough to be "etched" right onto the electrodes themselves. For more information go to the complete news release. For more current news go to Parkinson's Disease News.


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