NJIT researcher testing micro-electronic stimulators for spinal cord injuries

Development of neural prostheses--devices and technologies for interfacing with the central nervous system--are the focus of research by Associate Professor Mesut Sahin. His current project, funded by a grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, is to develop and test a technology known as FLAMES--floating light activated micro-electrical stimulators--for wireless activation of the central nervous system.

"FLAMES tested in the rat spinal cord," http://iopscience.iop.org/1741-2552/8/5/056012) published the first testing in animals. "Our in vivo tests suggest that the FLAMES can be used for intraspinal micro-stimulation even for the deepest implant locations in the rat spinal cord," said Sahin.
"The unique aspect of the project is that the implanted stimulators are very small, in the sub-millimeter range," Sahin said. "A key benefit is that since our device is wireless, the connections can't deteriorate over time plus, the implant causes minimal reaction in the tissue which is a common problem with similar wired devices."
"We hope that once FLAMES advances to the clinical stage, patients paralyzed by spinal injury will be able to regain vital functions," Sahin said.

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Testing micro-electronic stimulators for spinal cord injuries

A new wireless device may help victims of spinal cord injury. Researchers are developing micro-electrical stimulators for individuals with spinal cord injuries.

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