Research Project BiMEA
A new project funded by the German National Science Foundation (DFG) links researchers from electrical engineering, bioelectronics, biophysics, and medicine to study the two-way communication between implanted electrode arrays and retinal nerve cells.
Project title: BiMEA (Bidirektionale Kommunikation zwischen Retina-Stimulatoren und Netzhaut)
Abstract: The objective of this project is the realization of an innovative stimulation approach that is based on two-way communication between implanted electrode arrays and retinal nerve cells. The implants are designed to ensure not only the stimulation, but the simultaneous recording of retinal neuronal activity with the same implant which should lead to a modification of the pacing algorithms and thus lead to an optimized function of an implant. Besides the technological realization we will focus in particular on the investigation of the influence of selective stimulation on the properties of retinal ganglion cells, which are subject to the disease situation, a significant remodeling process.
Principal Investigator(s): Offenhäusser, Andreas
Partner: ICS-4 (FZ Jülich), Augenklinik (RWTH Aachen), IWE-1 (RWTH Aachen), EBS (Universität Duisburg-Essen)
Project start: 01.12.2010
Probable end: 30.11.2012