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Minimally invasive endovascular neural stimulation

Project Leader: David Grayden
Staff: Sam John, Anthony Burkitt, Mark Cook
Collaborators: Nicholas Opie (MDHS), Thomas Oxley (MDHS), Dean Freestone (MDHS), Clive May (Florey), Terence O'Brien (Monash), Yan Wong (Monash)
Sponsors: National Health and Medical Research Council
Primary Contact: David Grayden (grayden@unimelb.edu.au)
Keywords: biomedical engineering; brain-machine interface; electroencephalogram EEG; medical bionics; neural engineering
Disciplines: Biomedical Engineering
Research Centre: Neuroengineering Research Laboratory

Neural deficits such as Parkinson’s disease can be helped by electrically stimulating the brain to activate neurons. Current implants require an invasive craniotomy, where a hole is cut in the skull and electrodes are implanted in the brain, causing permanent damage. We have designed a new way to implant electrodes through blood vessels and a simple puncture into the jugular vein that removes the need for a craniotomy. We will test the efficacy of this device in stimulating neurons.