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Biomedical Engineering

Central Nervous System addressing through peripheral neural pathways

Principal investigator

Dr I. Triantis

Project overview

Develop peripheral nervous system implants that will utilise sensory neural pathways as probes into the brain and the spinal cord, while minimizing the effects on the periphery. Examples include Vagus nerve stimulators that can be used for a range of diseases including epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, depression and Parkinson’s disease. The methods developed will have a range of benefits, from the neuroscience perspective, gaining invaluable insights into the neural pathways that provide access to deep brain structures; to clinical practices, where signals from the brain are used as triggers for preventive stimulation providing fully automated symptom suppression.