- Project Dates: From July 2013 to March 2014
- Project Leader: Dr. Peter Andras.
- Staff: Dr. Patrick Degenaar (EEE School) and Prof. Alex Yakovlev (EEE School).
The project aims to demonstrate through a pilot study the feasibility of the neuron-scale control of motor ganglia aimed to restore the functionality of damaged ganglia. This may pave the way toward a fundamentally new approach to neuro-functionality restoration intervention through electronic implants in the context of a range of diseases and disabling injuries (e.g. spinal cord damage).
We will use a prototype motor ganglion, the crab stomatogastric ganglion (STG), to demonstrate the proposed neuro-engineering technology. We will combine high speed optical recording of detailed neural activities, optogenetic temporary disabling of neurons, multi-electrode array (MEA) stimulation of neurons, and electronic implementation of computational model neurons to achieve our goal.