The 2nd International Conference on Neuroprosthetic Devices (ICNPD 2010) convened in Beijing, China on February 27-28, 2010, providing a forum for more than 80 scientists representing 6 countries. The talks raised several key issues in the neuroprosthetic development, such as:
- closing the loop between the sensation and actuation of motion;
- combining electrical and chemical sensing;
- enhancing the neuronal attraction and glial repulsion at the electrode site;
- developing flexible electrode substrates;
- increasing the charge injection at the stimulation site;
- developing ion-impermeable polymer-based packaging;
- decreasing the power consumption of bidirectional neuroprosthetic telemetry;
- reducing the manufacturing costs of clinical implants;
- exploring physiologically-relevant patterns of electrical stimulation; and
- creating robust algorithms for analysis of neuronal network signaling.
In addition to tackling the engineering challenges, the talks have described novel clinical opportunities for neuroprosthetics, including the use of DBS for treatment of anorexia and task-specific tremor.
Speakers from China have reported on the progress in the neuroprosthetic device field in this country, including:
- update on the clinical trial of new inexpensive cochlear implant, specifically developed for the tonal languages, such as Mandarin;
- implantation of the first Chinese-made DBS device for Parkinson’s disease;
- development of an implantable stimulator for Chinese acupuncture; and
- availability of primate models of several neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and depression at two premier primate facilities in Beijing and Kunming.
The conference provided a forum for young researchers, who have submitted 28 short papers, including 17 papers by student authors. The ICNPD scientific committee has selected the best student paper by Mr. Seung Woo Lee from Seoul National University.
The conference coincided with the famous Chinese Lantern Festival, providing the international speakers with an opportunity to observe and enjoy traditional Chinese culture.
Click here for the conference program.
Qiushi Ren (Beijing University, Beijing, China)
Victor Pikov (Huntington Medical Research Institutes, Pasadena, CA, USA)