Dr. Brian Litt has been chosen as an Invited Speaker at this year’s Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting in Boston, MA.
The title of his talk is Engineering the Next Generation of Neurodevices—New Materials and Clinical Translation.
Abstract: The incidence of neurological disorders like epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, dementia, addiction, and major mental illness is growing, as the world’s population ages. Response to medications for these conditions has plateaued, paving the way for a revolution in implantable devices as the next wave of effective treatments for these “brain network disorders.” Key to developing these new devices are advances in computation, batteries, sensors and closed loop algorithms. New and more versatile materials are one of the main requirements and drivers of innovation in new medical devices and technologies. In this lecture I will outline major applications in the area of neurodevices/ brain computer interfaces, present unmet needs, and discuss the path to clinically translate innovations from the laboratory to patients. I will give examples from our own research and other labs on this path, touch on common failure modes and novel tools for collaboration, bringing engineers, clinicians and industry together to advance clinical care.
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