Is Reality Catching Up with Iron Man? Evolution in Brain–Machine Interface
Free Public Lecture
Auditorium, Melbourne Brain Centre
Kenneth Myer Building
Royal Parade, Parkville
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Once deemed the stuff of science fiction, implantable devices such as the cochlear implant and pacemakers are now mainstream in today’s medical practice. Such devices have already had a huge impact on health. So, what will the next generation of intelligent implantable technology look like? How will they pioneer the future of personalised therapeutics?
Intelligent implants are being used to help diagnose and predict a range of conditions. Researchers are developing bionic eye devices to restore a sense of vision to people with retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration. A University of Melbourne team has developed Stentrode™, a device that is implanted into a blood vessel next to the brain area that controls movement. In time, this may be used to control an exoskeleton to enable paralysed people to move again.
These are just some of the ways implantable electronic medical devices are revolutionising the brain-machine interface. Join us for an evening with the experts as we explore the future of implantables and the broader social and ethical implications of this technology.