How is the Stentrode implanted?
For spinal cord injury, the Stentrode device is implanted within a blood vessel at the top of the head near a section of the brain termed the motor cortex. However, the research team is not limited to implantation at this site and can leverage multiple locations to access different regions of the brain.
Who invented the Stentrode?
neurologist Thomas Oxley
The device was conceived by Australian neurologist Thomas Oxley, who has been developing the medical implant since 2010, using sheep for testing. Human trials started in November 2020 with two participants that suffer from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a type of motor neuron disease.
How does the Stentrode work?
The Stentrode™ is inserted into a blood vessel that sits over the motor cortex. Once in place it expands to press the electrodes against the vessel wall close to the brain where it can record neural information and deliver currents directly to targeted areas.
What is Synchron Stentrode?
Synchron’s flagship technology, the Stentrode, is an endovascular brain implant designed to enable patients to wirelessly control digital devices through thought and improve functional independence.
What is neural lace?
In practice, neural lace is an ultra-thin mesh with a collection of electrodes capable of monitoring brain function and facilitating direct computing capabilities from thought. It is inserted through the skull using a tiny needle containing the rolled-up mesh which unravels spanning the brain.
Who owns Synchron?
Synchron is a leader in the field of implantable brain-computer interfaces, already evaluating a commercial product in the clinical stage. It was established by Associate Professors Thomas Oxley (CEO) and Nicholas Opie (CTO) and aims to develop and commercialise neural bionics technology and products.
How does Synchron chip work?
Synchron’s system uses electrocorticography, or ECoG, to measure electrical activity in the brain. It then uses machine-learning algorithms to break the brain signal down into different frequencies and connect particular thoughts with spikes in different frequencies.