About this Research Topic
The direct application and translation of new laboratory advances to direct patient care is often a cumbersome and slow process. However, significant leaps have been taken in recent years, including the development of biocompatible (and even biodegradable) electrode systems and neural interfaces for the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves. The Neuroprosthetics field truly relies on combining advances across several disciplines in applying new paradigms for functional recovery or restoration or simulated function. Innovations in these areas have far-reaching implications in the care of patients.
This Research Topic aims to collect contributions related to Neuroprosthetics, translational bioengineering, neural interfaces, and biomaterials with direct and innovative applications to the human brain, spine, and peripheral nerve surgery and regenerative medicine. We are interested in collaborative endeavors that may even combine these disciplines. Novel scientific contributions should ideally demonstrate the potential for direct translation via pre-clinical biological models or in human clinical studies. Comprehensive and focused review articles or innovative case reports or series are also welcomed. The ultimate goal of this Research Topic will be to catalyze and cross-pollinate scientific research poised at the interface of translational medicine and surgery for the benefit of human health.
We hope that this research topic will be of interest to a wide array of investigators, including basic scientists, engineers, clinicians, and surgeons.
This Research Topic would like to welcome translational research with application to brain, spine, and peripheral nerve surgery with human health in mind. We would like to welcome studies of technologies available for direct human application. Themes may include but are not limited to the following:
• Translational and human advances in Neuroprosthetics for example in sensorimotor or vision restoration
• Neural interfaces with pre-clinical and/or clinical evaluation, including new technology designs or novel applications of existing technologies
• Applied biomaterials and biotechnologies, including new device development, biodegradable or biocompatible materials, and integrated systems
• Innovative surgical approaches using the aforementioned or new technologies
Keywords: Bioengineering, Neuroprosthetics, Robotics, Neurosurgery, Neural technology, Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering, Regenerative Medicine
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