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Jülich’s End-of-Year Lecture 2018
The Bioelectronic Human: Between Science and Science-Fiction

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The Bioelectronic Human:
Between Science and Science-Fiction

Loss of sight, hearing, or motor function has a profound effect on the lives of those affected and results in enormous restrictions.
The possibility of partially regaining or completely restoring these lost abilities presents science and technology with major challenges.

The aim is to develop novel sensors and stimulators as a replacement for lost senses and motor skills – bioelectronic implants that can be integrated into the human nervous system and are capable of communicating with the brain.
These novel bioelectronic systems can also contribute to a better understanding of the underlying principles of brain function. Starting with smaller neuronal networks, the science of bioelectronics is focused on gaining a better understanding of signal processing in and between nerve cells, establishing an even closer connection between electronic sensors and the human brain, and thus paving the way for new therapeutic approaches.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Offenhäusser is the director of the Institute of Complex Systems – Bioelectronics (ICS-8). The physicist has been conducting research at the interface of biology and microelectronics for 30 years and teaches experimental physics at RWTH Aachen University.

The lecture will be in German.