Nerve stimulation with the help of implantable mini solar cells

An international research team has successfully developed and tested a concept in which nerves are stimulated with light pulses. The method provides considerable advantages for medicine and opens up a wide range of possible applications.
The researchers see possible applications in severe brain injuries. Here, the stimulation of nerve cells can accelerate the healing process and prevent complications by “preventing the nerve cells from dying off”, says first author Tony Schmidt from the Division of Biophysics at Med Uni Graz. The researchers also see potential in other neurological injuries or in pain therapy. In addition, the technology could be used to create new types of retinal implants.

More research is needed before the pigment film finds its way into clinical use.

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TU Graz Compamed Magazine, 12.04.2022
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