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Bioengineering of Neuroscience, Vision and Low Vision Technologies [BNVT]

The Bioengineering of Neuroscience and Vision Technologies [BNVT] study section reviews applications to develop and utilize bioengineering, materials engineering, and computational approaches for studying fundamental problems in neuroscience. BNVT covers a wide range of technologies as applied to neural systems, and to all tissues of the eye. Proposals need not be hypothesis driven if the emphasis is on technique development.

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Topics

  • Brain-computer interfaces and neuroprosthetics: hardware; signal processing, biofeedback
  • Neuron culture systems and tissue models: microfluidics-based, MEMS-based, high-throughput compound screening platforms, two and three dimensional substrates
  • Fostering injured nerve regrowth: artificial nerve grafts, engineered matrices, scaffolds, stem cells
  • Implantable electrodes, multi-electrode arrays, and biochemical microdialysis/sensors/nanoprobes: design and performance optimization, tissue response/biocompatibility analysis
  • Invasive methods of experimental and therapeutic brain and nerve stimulation: electrical, optogenetic, other approaches
  • Localization and monitoring of neural activity/epileptic seizure foci: implanted electrodes, ECoG
  • Therapeutic formulations and drug delivery strategies for treatment of ocular disorders: refinements for targeted bioavailability, improved efficacy
  • Bioengineering approaches for treatment of eye injury and correction of refractive error: corneal remodeling, visual prosthetics, other approaches/devices
Shared Interests
  • There are shared interests with BMBI, including: biomaterials fabrication and optimization, tissue engineering, biomimetic culture systems, surface patterning and manipulation, implant biocompatibility, biosensors, MEMS and/or microfluidic devices, drug delivery systems, etc. Applications in these areas working with neural or ocular cells/tissues or in the contexts of nervous or visual system function/repair are appropriate for BNVT review.
  • There are shared interests with BTSS, including: engineering of cellular and tissue constructs/scaffolds, stem cell-based regeneration, implantable devices for drug delivery and nanotherapeutics, biosensors, MEMS devices, microarrays, etc. Applications in these areas working with neural or ocular cells/tissues or in the contexts of nervous or visual system function/repair are appropriate for BNVT review. Applications in the areas of neurosurgical robotics, neurovascular fluid dynamics, and brain aneurysm or hydrocephalic stent design are appropriate for BTSS review.
  • There are shared interests with ISD, including: MEMS and/or microfluidic devices, microdialysis technology, biosensors, etc. Applications in these areas working with neural or ocular cells/tissues or in the contexts of nervous or visual system function/repair are appropriate for BNVT review.

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