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Restoring lost cognitive function

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17 Author(s)
Berger, T.W. ; Sch. of Eng, Southern California Univ., Los Angeles, CA, USA ; Ahuja, A. ; Courellis, S.H. ; Deadwyler, S.A.
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A prosthetic device that functions in a biomimetic manner to replace information transmission between cortical brain regions is considered. In such a prosthesis, damaged CNS neurons is replaced with a biomimetic system comprised of silicon neurons. The replacement silicon neurons would have functional properties specific to those of the damaged neurons and would both receive as inputs and send as outputs electrical activity to regions of the brain with which the damaged region previously communicated. Thus, the class of prosthesis proposed is one that would replace the computational function of the damaged brain and restore the transmission of that computational result to other regions of the nervous system.

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:24 ,  Issue: 5 )