BIOElectrics Lab BRAIN INTERFACES, OPTICS, ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY Welle Lab, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus
Advances in neurotechnology are transforming how we learn about, and interact with, our own nervous systems. Medical devices that interact with the nervous system already bring enormous therapeutic benefit to patients with diseases such as Parkinson's, epilepsy, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and are under investigation for many more neurologic conditions. Closed-loop neural interface technology can offer the ultimate 'precision medicine' - using a patient's own physiology to guide the therapeutic effect.
To fulfil the potential for neural interface technology to benefit patients, a greater understanding of the technology/brain interface is needed. Being able to acheive patient-specific interventions requires sensitive, stable measurements of neural physiology with technological solutions that are biocompatible, robust and effective on chronic timescales. In addition, it requires understanding the effect of chronic exposure to neural recording and modulation technology on neural circuits and local tissue.
The BIOElectrics Lab utilizes advanced neuroscience research tools to explore the intersection between technology and brain. Our goals are to provide new insights into the key factors that make neural interface devices effective, and to use cutting-edge neural technology to learn more about the way our nervous systems function.
To learn more about ongoing research projects, please visit our research page.