First International Conference on Neuroprosthetic Devices (ICNPD-2009) convened in Hsinchu, Taiwan on March 19-20, 2009. The conference was held at the National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan’s leading academic establishment in the field of semiconductor technologies and electrical engineering and main partner of the new Hsinchu Science Industrial Park. The main mission of this newly founded conference was to foster the West-East interaction and collaboration in the rapidly advancing clinical use of neuroprosthetics, and the specific aim of the first conference was to introduce the field of implantable devices for treatment of neurological disorders to Taiwan’s engineering community. Presenters covered key areas in neuroprosthetic applications including deep brain stimulation for treatment of Parkinson’s disease, brain recordings for detection and prediction of epilepsy, auditory prostheses and devices for reanimating muscles paralyzed after spinal cord injury. Presentations focused on several pressing issues in the development of neuroprosthetic devices such as improved biocompatibility, development of carbon nanotube coatings for neural recording and stimulating electrodes, photolithographic electrode technologies and the incorporation of photosensors and other active electronic components on retinal implants. Overall, there were 18 invited talks by the speakers from Taiwan, the United States, Japan, Korea, and Israel. The conference attracted 112 attendees from multiple Taiwanese universities.
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Wentai Liu (National Chiao Tung Univ., Hsinchu, Taiwan)
Victor Pikov (Huntington Medical Research Institutes, Pasadena, CA, USA)