Sensing and modulating neuronal activity from the spinal epidural space with optical fibers

Funding Details
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Grant type: Collaborative Health Research Projects (NSERC partnered)
  • Years: 2014/15 to 2016/17
  • Total Funding: $357,982
Principle Investigator(s)

Project Summary

Optical techniques offer the spatial resolution and the contrast necessary to locate and measure neuronal activity. We have developed optical fiber technology for creating miniature micro-optical devices by leveraging many standard practices from the telecommunication industry which can serve as non-invasive implantable devices to exploit the above modalities for continuous monitoring of spinal cord activity and structure from the peridural space. With these devices, the surgeon can obtain critical information during the surgery to implant the spinal cord stimulator for chronic.