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UO scientist unveils a 3D printed device to excite nerves

UO scientist unveils a 3D printed device to excite nerves

Written by David

September 1, 2020

A tiny, thin-film electrode with a 3D-printed housing has been implanted in the peripheral nervous system of songbirds, where it successfully recorded electrical impulses that drive vocalizations.

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The research is seen as an advance in the emerging field of bioelectronic medicine and eventually could lead to a new treatment for diseases such as inflammatory bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes, said Tim Gardner, a neuroscientist at the University of Oregon’s Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact.

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Gardner was the principal investigator on the project detailed Aug. 21 in the journal Nature Communications. His research team developed the device, called a nanoclip, that is about the diameter of a human hair. It is the first cuff electrode for recording or stimulating peripheral nerves to be fabricated on a scale compatible with the smallest nerves in the body. The […]

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