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Micro and Nano Engineered Bi-Directional Carbon Interfaces for Advanced Peripheral Nervous System Prosthetics and Hybrid Bionics

Objective

The main goal of this proposal is to bring novel technology of biocompatible, low bio-fouling, high electrochemical performance carbon nanomaterials to in-vivo preclinical applications and at the same time to use this materials to develop a highly advanced concept of intimate intracellular contact, based on bottom - up technology of, engulfing the micro-electrode by neural cells. Such bionic interfaces resemble true intrinsic physiological properties of neural somas and form a tight, extremely low-invasive bidirectional coupling for both motor and sensory functions. Advantage of our approach is unperfected fidelity of signals and resolution of single neuron fibers to be coupled to one protruding electrode. The research targets are devices ranging from cuff or lead electrodes to novel bidirectional interfaces for both sensory and motor functions for cybernetic mind-controlled prosthetics. Instead of re-targeting to an entire muscle, our research comes thus with a technique how to couple neurons by an intracellular way to form a single microelectrode-axon stimulating device and at the same time to provide sensory input , being on the front edge of research on bionic interfaces for novel neuroprosthetics. The proposed technology takes advantage of unique properties of well established nanodiamond thin films, with their unique and the simple carbon chemistry allowing integration with antibactericidal and anti-inflammatory surfaces. MERIDIAN will demonstrate devices in in-vivo studies and in preclinical tests on humans and benchmark fabricated devices with the current state of the art bionic system on the market.

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2011-SMALL-5
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM
Address
Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven
Belgium
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 523 841
Administrative Contact
Christine Van Houtven (Ms.)

Participants (10)

THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM
Israel
EU contribution
€ 530 345
Address
Edmond J Safra Campus Givat Ram
91904 Jerusalem
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jane Turner (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 383 874
Address
Calle Campus Universitario Sn Cerdanyola V
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Francisca Rabadán Sotos (Ms.)
SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO S ANNA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 381 441
Address
Piazza Martiri Della Liberta 33
56127 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paolo Dario (Prof.)
UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 454 240
Address
Prinsstraat 13
2000 Antwerpen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anne Adams (Ms.)
AALBORG UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 317 034
Address
Fredrik Bajers Vej 7K
9220 Aalborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Henrik Lauridsen (Mr.)
NEURODAN AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 357 636
Address
Sofiendalsvej 85
9200 Aalborg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Monika Rakos (Dr.)
NANO6 SRO
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 142 529
Address
Namesti Sitna 3105
27201 Kladno
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Frantisek Fendrych (Dr.)
MULTI CHANNEL SYSTEMS MCS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 440 920
Address
Aspenhaustrasse 21
72770 Reutlingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Karl-Heinz Boven (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAETSMEDIZIN GOETTINGEN - GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAET GOETTINGEN - STIFTUNG OEFFENTLICHEN RECHTS
Germany
EU contribution
€ 248 140
Address
Robert-koch-strasse 40
37075 Goettingen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christiane Hennecke (Ms.)
OTTOBOCK SE & CO. KGAA
Germany
Address
Max-nader-strasse 15
37115 Duderstadt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dirk Nachtwey (Mr.)