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Our vision is to improve quality of life for disabled people and individuals with neurodegenerative disorders by listening to, understanding and talking to the nervous system by means of a neural interface.
The aim is to develop a whole new generation of Brain Machine Interfaces (BMI), electrodes that can be operated into the brain and spinal cord. The electrodes will be able to communicate without wires with an external computer and thereby supply information to and from nerve cells and the central nervous system.
By allowing both recordings and stimulations, direct brain – computer interactions will be possible. This will allow for groundbreaking and pioneering basic research in fundamental neuronal mechanisms related to learning and memory and information processing in neuronal networks. In the clinic, the applications for the new electrodes include treatment of paralyzed patients, patients with Parkinson’s disease, for controlling prostheses and for pain relief. Other areas where the technique can be used are, for instance, auto-medicating of epilepsy, improving memory functions and bladder control.
It is our hope that patients will be able to benefit from this research in the near future, with positive impact on individual suffering and social economic spending.