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Symposium F.FL01—Bioelectronic Materials for Neural Interfaces—Stimulation, Sensing, Power and Packaging

Devices that can measure and manipulate biological signals in the brain and body have the potential to treat diseases in ways that complement or replace traditional pharmaceutical therapies. These bioelectronic interfaces also give researchers new methods to study fundamental biological processes in humans and model organisms with minimal disruption to natural behavior. To realize this promising future for bioelectronic devices we must continue to improve the materials that form the sensing and stimulation interface between inorganic devices and biological tissue. Additionally, we must consider packaging that permits stable operation over the intended lifetime of the devices, and materials for energy harvesting or power delivery. Fundamental materials work is needed to address these challenges while respecting the current trend toward smaller, more flexible, and biocompatible bioelectronic systems. The topics covered in this symposium focus on the materials challenge related to bioelectronic interface materials and the methods to deliver power and maintain stable device performance in both the research and clinical setting.

Topics will include:

  • Magnetic, electronic, photonic, and ultrasound materials for stimulation/recording of biological signals
  • Materials for wireless power delivery or energy harvesting
  • Encapsulation approaches for implantable bioelectronics
  • Understanding and optimizing the interface between electronic/photonic materials and biological systems
  • Novel biocompatible and biodegradable materials for devices and packaging
  • Conducting/Semiconducting polymers and Conducting hydrogels for neural interfaces and neuro-regeneration
  • Carbon nanotubes, and 2D materials for neural interfacing
  • Nanomaterials, and cell-integrated engineered systems for genetic and non-genetic stimulation
  • Soft materials for interfaces with electroactive cells
  • Flexible, stretchable active/passive materials used in bioelectronics
  • Materials for I/O neuronal interfaces
  • Novel biological signal transduction approaches
  • Devices and materials that combine multiple sensing or stimulation modalities
  • Artificial skins and e-textiles for brain-machine interfacing and health monitoring
  • Towards closed loop sensing/stimulation

Invited Speakers:

  • Magnus Berggren (Linköping University, Sweden)
  • Tzahi Cohen-Karni (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
  • Bianxiao Cui (Stanford University, USA)
  • Eric Glowacki (Linköping University, Sweden)
  • Sahika Inal (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia)
  • Dion Khodagholy (Columbia University, USA)
  • Stephanie Lacour (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Guglielmo Lanzani (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy)
  • George Malliaras (Ecole de MINES Saint-Étienne, France)
  • John Rogers (Northwestern University, USA)
  • Bozhi Tian (University of Chicago, USA)
  • Flavia Vitale (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Chong Xie (University of Texas at Austin, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Jonathan Rivnay
Northwestern University
Biomedical Engineering

Laura Poole-Warren
University of New South Wales
Biomedical Engineering

Polina Anikeeva
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Materials Science and Engineering

Jacob Robinson
Rice University
Electrical and Computer Engineering

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