Monday, October 17, 2016
As reported by UC Berkeley's News, TerraSwarm PI Jose Carmena will receive a $225,000 award from the National Eye Institute as part of the federal BRAIN initiative. The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is part of a Presidential focus intended to revolutionize our understanding of the human brain by supporting the development and application of innovative technologies. The award will support testing of newly developed miniaturized wireless sensors or "neural dust." As previously reported, these sensors have the potential to record activity within the central nervous system. The implanted sensors' design is unique in using ultrasound to both power the sensor and retrieve readings. Possible applications for the research include less invasive medical treatment options.