Wireless chips that could be implanted in the brain’s visual cortex to send visual signals to the brain. (Science Life)

The NIH, the ITM’s parent organization, recently awarded $2.4 million to UChicago Medicine to develop wireless brain implants that could help restore some vision to people who have lost their sight. The five-year project will be completed in tandem with the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), an ITM affiliate.

“We want to create a stable, usable interface in which we stimulate the brain to induce perceptions of vision. The next level of success would be that the subjects are able to use the devices with a portable system in a way that significantly improves their quality of life.”

-Philip Troyk, PhD, principal investigator and professor of biomedical engineering at IIT

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Source: Science Life