University of Calgary

New advances for Canadian neurochip

Submitted by tdroden on Tue, 2012-07-31 12:49.

July 31, 2012

Researchers at the University of Calgary have achieved a major milestone in the further development of a neurochip−a microchip with the ability to monitor several functions of the brain.

In previous studies, researchers developed a neurochip that could directly stimulate and record brain cell activity. Now, Orly Yadid-Pecht, PhD, and Naweed Syed, PhD, have successfully developed a novel lab-on-a-chip technology that, through an ultra-sensitive component built directly on the microchip, also enables direct imaging of activity in brain cells. The current study used snail brain cells and researchers hope to use human brain cells in the next step.

Because of its compact and efficient design, the neurochip is expected to advance brain-machine interfacing technologies that are being pioneered at the University of Calgary. It will also likely aid in the development of drug screening devices for neurodegenerative diseases and disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy.

This technology will be targeted at researchers who are trying to understand how the brain develops and functions under normal and various pathological conditions.

The findings are published in the August 2012 issue of the peer-reviewed IEEE Photonics Journal. The study was funded by an NSERC Strategic Grant, iCORE/AITF and the CIHR.


Who: Orly Yadid-Pecht, PhD, and Naweed Syed, PhD

What: Media can participate in a five minute briefing on the neurochip at 10 a.m.
One-on-one interviews in the lab with researchers
Opportunities for b-roll:

  • View the neurochip
  • See how brain cells are put on a chip
  • Watch live imaging demo on a computer

When: Wednesday August 1, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Briefing at 10 a.m.
Phone interviews available by request

Where: University of Calgary Foothills Campus
3330 Hospital Dr. NW Calgary
Please meet at the information desk across from parking lot 6

Media Contact: Marta Cyperling 403.210.3835 marta.cyperling@ucalgary.ca