Center for Neuroprosthetics

The EPFL Center for Neuroprosthetics is an interdisciplinary research center that hosts over 220 scientists, engineers and clinicians driven by the design and implementation of innovative neurotechnologies to diagnose, treat and assist people suffering from neurological disorders and trauma.

In this review, Giulia Dominijanni et al discuss the "neural resource allocation problem", i.e. to which extent the addition of extra (robotic) functionalities can be performed without impeding the existing (biological) ones. Nat Mach Intell, 2021, 3, 850–860

Dimitri Van De Ville and Enrico Amico © Alain Herzog 2021 EPFL

Our brains have a “fingerprint” too

— An EPFL scientist has pinpointed the signs of brain activity that make up our brain fingerprint, which – like our regular fingerprint – is unique.

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A cryptography game-changer for biomedical research at scale

— Personalized medicine is set to revolutionize healthcare, yet large-scale research studies towards better diagnoses and targeted therapies are currently hampered by data privacy and security concerns. New global collaborative research has developed a solution to these challenges, described in Nature Communications.

The soft device can be implanted directly on the dura mater, under the vertebrae. © LSBI / EPFL 2021

New photoelectric implant controls the activity of spinal neurons

— A revolutionary implant developed at EPFL allows neuroscientists to activate or inhibit specific spinal-cord neurons by applying light at a specific wavelength. It will give researchers insight into how the nervous system works and the chance to develop new ways of treating neurological disorders.

© 2021 EPFL / Alain Herzog. Jenifer Miehlbradt with a 6 year-old boy trying out virtual reality.

Virtual reality affects children differently than adults

— Immersive virtual reality disrupts the child’s default coordination strategy, EPFL scientists show, something that should be taken into account when developing virtual reality rehabilitation protocols for children.

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Four projects selected for the Bertarelli Foundation's Catalyst Fund

— The Catalyst [email protected] Biotech program, introduced by the Bertarelli Foundation in 2017, aims to support research on innovative treatments for nervous-system diseases. Of the four research projects selected for funding in 2021, two of them came from EPFL.

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