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Talk by Prof. Tracy Cui

Titel: Materials strategies towards chronic and multimodal neural interfaces

Sprecherin: Prof. Tracy Cui (University of Pittsburgh)

Datum und Uhrzeit: Montag, 25.03.2024, 10:00 – 11:00 Uhr

Abstract: Microelectrode array (MEA) devices, placed in the nervous system to record and modulate neuroactivity have demonstrated success in neuroscience research and neural prosthesis applications. Functionalizing the microelectrode sites on MEAs to enable neurochemical sensing and drug delivery adds additional dimensions of information exchange and presents tremendous potential for understanding neural circuits and treating neurological diseases. In this talk, I will introduce the methods by which we enable chemical sensing and delivery from MEAs. By incorporating nanocarbon into the conducting polymer electrode coating, we achieved direct detection of electroactive species such as dopamine and serotonin. By immobilizing enzymes or aptamers on nanostructured electrodes, we achieved multisite detection of glutamate, GABA, and cocaine. By incorporating nanocarriers into conducting polymer coating, we enabled on-demand drug delivery. We demonstrated in vivo multisite and multiple analyte detection or neurotransmitter delivery along with neural recording from our multimodal neural probes. To overcome the challenges in the chronic neural interface, we use quantitative histology, explant analysis, and 2-photon imaging to uncover the mechanism of sensing/recording performance degradation and reveal biofouling, inflammatory host response, as well as material degradations. We use several bioengineering strategies to minimize these failure modes. First, materials and devices that mimic the mechanical properties of the neural tissue have been shown to significantly improve device-tissue integration. Secondly, biomimetic coatings and drug delivery have been applied to reduce biofouling, sensor degradation, and inflammatory responses. These approaches may be combined to achieve long-term and high-fidelity multimodal neural interfacing.

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Der Vortrag findet in Präsenz im Seminarraum N1135 (Theresienstr. 90, 80333 München) statt und wird zusätzlich live per Zoom übertragen.

Zoom Meeting: https://tum-conf.zoom-x.de/j/65615633990?pwd=YktlaVVCQXNWWm5YQlUzc2RScFhsZz09
Meeting ID: 656 1563 3990
Passcode: 583343

Da Snacks und Getränke zum Vortrag bereitgestellt werden, wird bei einer Präsenzteilnahme um eine Registrierung bis zum 21.03.2024 gebeten.