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Monday, February 15, 2016


New cryopreservation procedure wins Brain Preservation Prize
February 9, 2016

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First preservation of the connectome demonstrated in a whole brain
The Brain Preservation Foundation (BPF) has announced that a team at 21st Century Medicine led by Robert McIntyre, PhD., has won the Small Mammal Brain Preservation Prize, which carries an award of $26,735. The Small Mammalian Brain Preservation Prize was awarded after the determination that the protocol developed by McIntyre, termed Aldehyde-Stabilized Cryopreservation, was able …more…

How to ‘weld’ neurons with a laser
February 9, 2016

An illustration of how a femtosecond laser pulse is delivered to the target point between an axon and a neuronal soma (credit: the authors) University of Alberta researchers have developed a method of connecting neurons using ultrashort laser pulses. The technique gives researchers complete control over the cell connection process and could lead to new research and treatment methods, including physical reattachment of severed neurons right after injury, the researchers say. The team’s findings are published in the open-access … more…

Powering brain implants without wires with thin-film wireless power transmission system
February 8, 2016

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Avoids risk of infections through skull opening and leakage of cerebrospinal fluid, and allows for free-moving subjects and more flexible uses of brain-computer interfaces
A research team at Toyohashi University of Technology in Japan has fabricated an implanted wireless power transmission (WPT) device to deliver power to an implanted neural interface system, such as a brain-computer interface (BCI) device. Described in an open-access paper in Sensors journal, the system avoids having to connect an implanted device to an external … more…

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