Journal article

Biological Considerations of Optical Interfaces for Neuromodulation

William L Hart, Tatiana Kameneva, Andrew K Wise, Paul R Stoddart

Advanced Optical Materials | Wiley | Published : 2019

Abstract

The success of devices such as cochlear implants and pacemakers has led to increasing interest in new applications of artificial neural interfaces, ranging from brain–computer interfaces to vagus nerve stimulators. Both the established and emerging applications of neural interfaces have highlighted the need for improvements in spatial selectivity and reduced invasiveness, which in turn has driven growing interest in optical interfaces. The delivery of light to—and collection of light from—neural tissue presents distinct challenges for optical devices. This review presents the status of optical interface technologies with a focus on biological considerations, such as biocompatibility, thermal..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council Training Centre in Biodevices


Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

W.L.H. was supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship. This work was supported in part by the Australian Research Council Training Centre in Biodevices through grant IC140100023. Funding support for A.K.W. was provided by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (GNT1142910). The Bionics Institute acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government through its Operational Infrastructure Support Program.