Journal article

Mechanisms and Applications of Neuromodulation Using Surface Acoustic Waves-A Mini-Review

Danli Peng, Wei Tong, David J Collins, Michael R Ibbotson, Steven Prawer, Melanie Stamp



The study of neurons is fundamental for basic neuroscience research and treatment of neurological disorders. In recent years ultrasound has been increasingly recognized as a viable method to stimulate neurons. However, traditional ultrasound transducers are limited in the scope of their application by self-heating effects, limited frequency range and cavitation effects during neuromodulation. In contrast, surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices, which are producing wavemodes with increasing application in biomedical devices, generate less self-heating, are smaller and create less cavitation. SAW devices thus have the potential to address some of the drawbacks of traditional ultrasound transducer..

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Awarded by Early Career Researcher Grants Scheme

Awarded by Australian Government

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by the University of Melbourne; Early Career Researcher Grants Scheme, 2019 (ID 1858934). DC was the recipient of a Discovery Early Career Research Award (Project number DE200100909) funded by the Australian Government. The research was also supported by a Development Grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC and GNT1118223) of Australia.