EPFL BioE Talks SERIES "Technological Translation of Soft Neural Interfaces"


Event details

Date 02.11.2020
Hour 16:3017:00
Speaker Prof. Stéphanie P. Lacour, Center for Neuroprosthetics and Institute of Bioengineering, EPFL, Lausanne / Geneva (CH)
Location Online
Category Conferences - Seminars

(note that this talk is number two of a double-feature seminar - see details of the first talk here)

The design, manufacturing and implementation of soft neural interfaces are an interdisciplinary venture by essence.  Neuroanatomy guides the topology of the interface.  Neural communication drives transducers modalities and interconnections.  Clinical conditions ultimately lead interfaces’ functions and lifetime. 
The introduction of mechanically compliant polymers and microfabrication are transforming the approaches used to design and manufacture neural interfaces.  In this talk, I will review how we engineer these interfaces using thin films, cleanroom-based processing and programmed elasticity. 
The optimization and validation of the soft interfaces require careful design and systematic characterization in vitro and in vivo, and so with specificity across scales.  I will illustrate these concepts with implants from the lab targeting the brain, the spinal cord and the peripheral nerves.

Stéphanie P. Lacour holds the Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Neuroprosthetic Technology at the School of Engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. She received her PhD in Electrical Engineering from INSA de Lyon, France, and completed postdoctoral research at Princeton University (USA) and the University of Cambridge (UK).  She joined EPFL in 2011. Since January 2017, she is full professor in Microengineering and Bioengineering at EPFL.  She is a co-founding member and current director of EPFL Center for Neuroprosthetics, now located at EPFL satellite – Campus Biotech in Geneva.
She is the recipient of the 2006 MIT TR35, the 2011 Zonta award, the 2014 WEF Young Scientist, and she was selected as one of the 2015 World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders.

Zoom link (with registration) for attending remotely: https://go.epfl.ch/EPFLBioETalks

IMPORTANT NOTICE: due to restrictions resulting from the ongoing Covid-19 situation, this seminar can be followed via Zoom web-streaming only, following prior one-time registration through the link above.

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