Microfluidic drive for flexible brain implants

Shubratha Koralagundi Gopalakrishnaiah 1 , Kevin Joseph 1  and Ulrich G. Hofmann 1
  • 1 Section of Neuroelectronic Systems, Faculty of Medicine, University of Freiburg, Germany

Abstract

Flexible polyimide probes, used for neuronal signal acquisition, are thought to reduce signal deteriorating gliosis, improving the quality of recordings in brain machine interfacing applications. These probes suffer from the disadvantage that they cannot penetrate brain tissue on their own, owing to their limited stiffness and low buckling forces. A microfluidic device as an external micro-drive which aids in the insertion of flexible polyimide neural probes in 0.6% Agarose gel is presented here.

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Current Directions in Biomedical Engineering is an open access journal and closely related to the journal Biomedical Engineering - Biomedizinische Technik. CDBME is a forum for the exchange of knowledge in the fields of biomedical engineering, medical information technology and biotechnology/bioengineering for medicine and addresses engineers, natural scientists, and clinicians working in research, industry, or clinical practice.

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