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This implant can manipulate brain cells with a smartphone

This new wireless neural device has the ability of detecting diseased brain cells with a smartphone

By Jak Connor | Aug 6, 2019 01:00 am CDT

A new research paper has been published in Nature Biomedical Engineering, and according to the scientists who published the paper, a new revolutionary device has been developed that will allow for scientists to wirelessly monitor brain activity.


Lead author of the paper, Raza Qazi, a researcher with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and University of Colorado Boulder has said that this newly discovered device will enable "chronic chemical and optical neuromodulation that has never been achieved before."

This device is controlled through scientists smartphones and allows for scientists to trigger any specific combination or precise sequencing of light or drug deliveries in any implanted test subject without even being inside of the laboratory. Ultimately, this device will allow for scientists to monitor the behavior changes of subjects over a longer period without having to worry about the degradation of the subjects exposure to the instruments, or the instruments themselves.

Jae-Woong Jeong, a professor of electrical engineering at KAIST spoke out about the device, saying "This revolutionary device is the fruit of advanced electronics design and powerful micro and nanoscale engineering. We are interested in further developing this technology to make a brain implant for clinical applications."

Michael Bruchas, a professor of anesthesiology and pain medicine and pharmacology at the University of Washington School of Medicine also chimed in, saying "It allows us to better dissect the neural circuit basis of behaviour, and how specific neuromodulators in the brain tune behaviour in various ways. We are also eager to use the device for complex pharmacological studies, which could help us develop new therapeutics for pain, addiction, and emotional disorders."

The scientists believe that with this new found technology they will be able to detect and uncover brain diseases much more efficiently. Some of the diseases they believe they will be able to detect much faster are: Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, addiction, depression, and pain

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