4. GE Developing Smaller, Denser Next-Gen Neural Implants

A scientist works in the cleanroom at GE Global Research in upstate NY. GE innovations in implants could benefit patients suffering from neurodegenerative disease as well as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and even depression. (Courtesy General Electric)

4. GE Developing Smaller, Denser Next-Gen Neural Implants

Jeff Ashe is a principal scientist at the biomedical electronics lab at GE Global Research in Niskayuna, NY, who is working on smaller, more biocompatible neural implants in the hope of advancing the state of the art.

Ashe, an electrical engineer, has teamed up with scientists, engineers, and physicians from Brown University in an effort to understand the electrical signals generated by the brain’s neurons. One of these researchers is John Donoghue, PhD, a lead developer of BrainGate. The research could one day yield miniscule implants to help patients regain lost body functions caused by traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, or disease.

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