Session 2 - a : Advancements in Research using Laboratory and Exotic animal models, modern tools and procedures
Nov 08, 2018 2:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Advancement in the medical sciences require rigorous testing and a high level of safety. Therefore, well established animal models are widely used to establish new technologies, like brain-machine interfaces and electroceuticals. Both these fields are still in their infancy and hence require scientific and pre-clinical trials. In this talk the focus will be on the implementation of brain-machine interfaces, where we first test the feasibility of the devices on the bench, and then in rodents, before we transition to non-human primate (NHP) models. In our application, a fully implantable forearm prosthesis for the restoration of hand dexterity, we are relying on NHP models for their anatomical similarity to the human patient. Here, I will explain our testing paradigms, both on the bench and in vivo, training of the NHP models as well as the data and knowledge we gathered from these experiments.