IEEE Brain Initiative Workshop Brings Together Experts from Interdisciplinary Areas

By Cynthia Weber – 25 January 2018


Wherein lies the promise versus the hype, when discussing the latest in brain-related research and neurotechnology? Have we considered patient justice? Is actionable data actually available? These are just a few of the big picture questions raised at the IEEE Brain Initiative Workshop on Advanced NeuroTechnologies for BRAIN Initiatives (ANTBI) held November 2017 in Washington D.C. Workshop chair Metin Akay of the University of Houston and IEEE Brain Initiative Chair Paul Sajda from Columbia University welcomed participants to join the conversation and share their thoughts on these key questions while interfacing with the broader community.

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Nonsurgical Neural Interfaces Could Significantly Expand Use of Neurotechology

16 March 2018

Nonsurgical Neural Interfaces Could Significantly Expand Use of Neurotechology

The state of the art in brain-system communications has employed invasive techniques that allow precise, high-quality connections to specific neurons or groups of neurons. These techniques have helped patients with brain injury and other illnesses. However, these techniques are not appropriate for able-bodied people. DARPA now seeks to achieve high levels of brain-system communications without surgery, in its new program, Next-Generation Nonsurgical Neurotechnology (N3).

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Adult Human Brains Don’t Grow New Neurons in Hippocampus

By Shawn Sorrells, Arturo Alvarez-Buylla, Mercedes Paredes
12 March 2018

Nanoparticles in Mice Brains Light Up, Trigger Memories

When our recent study met significant skepticism, we weren’t surprised. After all, we ourselves remained skeptical of what we were seeing throughout our investigation. But repeated and varied experiments convinced us our conclusions were correct: New brain cells don’t grow (or are extremely rare) in the adult human hippocampus, a region important for learning and memory. The birth of new neurons in human memory circuits, in other words, declines during childhood to undetectable levels in the adult.

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