Remote neurostimulation with physical fields at cellular level enabled by nanomaterials: Toward medical applications

Zixing Xu, Jinhua Xu, Wenjuan Yang, Huoyue Lin, Gang Ruan*

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Most neurological diseases have no cure today; innovations in neurotechnology are in urgent need. Nanomaterial-based remote neurostimulation with physical fields (NNSPs) is an emerging class of neurotechnologies that has generated tremendous interest in recent years. This perspective focuses on the clinical translation of this new class of neurotechnologies, an issue that so far has not received enough attention. We outline the major barriers in their clinical translation. We highlight our recent efforts to tackle these translational barriers, with a focus on the biological delivery problem. In particular, for the first time, we have shown that it is feasible to use noninvasive brain delivery to generate significant physiological responses in living animals by NNSP. However, much more work is needed to overcome the translational barriers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number040901
JournalAPL Bioengineering
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020
Externally publishedYes

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