Welcome to the Neuro-prosthesis lab.

The Neuroprosthesis lab is part of the Microsystems Design group at the school of Electrical Electronic and Computer Engineering, Newcastle. It's primary interest in developing neural stimulators and state of the art implantable systems for the new field of optogenetic neuroprosthesis. Along the way, we hope to both generate new understanding in core neurobiology and use neuroinspired designs to make better circuits and systems.

Our key interests

Optoelectronic Visual Prosthesis: For individuals whose sight has deteriorated to the extent that there is no longer any functional vision, we are investigating a revolutionary form of optoelectronic/optogenetic prosthesis method for returning vision.

Augmented Vision: is a method whereby we maximize the information throughput from the eye to the visual cortex by pre-filtering the visual scene and feeding this back to the patient through virtual reality headwear. This will be important for the retinal prosthesis itself, but can also provide benefit to those with partial visual loss.

Implantable Optogenetic Prosthesis: Optogenetics - the optical stimulation of neuron cells is a revolution in how we communicate with the nervous system. A great many forms of therapeutic prosthesis are now possible that were previously not feasible. We hope to develop some of the key optoelectronics in this field

Neuro-Inspired optoelectronics: When developing low power optoelectronics for implantable applications, maintaining efficient power consumption is critical. Through evolution, nature has already created many extremely efficient designs that we can use as blueprints for hard semiconductor equivalents.

Collaborating labs

  • Dr Neil, Dept. Physics, Imperial College, Photonic systems
  • Dr Botond Roska, FMI, Basel, Retinal Prosthesis
  • Prof. Ernst Bamberg, Max Planck Institute, Germany
  • LDr Pleun Maaskant, Tyndall Institute, Cork, Ireland
  • Scientifica Ltd, Maidenhead, UK
  • Ms Susan Downes, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, Opthalmology
  • Mr Richard Cheongleen, Western Eye Hospital, London
  • Dr. Ivo Lieberam, Kings College, London, Developmental Neurobiology