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This podcast's purpose is to bring together the field of neuroprosthetics/brain machine interfaces/brain implants in an understandable conversation about the current topics and breakthroughs.

We hope to replace needing to read scientific papers on new research in an easy to digest way.

People can share thoughts or ideas to facilitate 'idea sex' to make the field of brain implants a smaller and more personal space.

Apr 8, 2024

Welcome to the Neural Implant Podcast! In this episode, the podcast team presents a live panel recording from the Bio L Conference at the International Winter School on Bioelectronics in Austria in March 2024. Hosted by Ladan, the panel discusses various types of neural implants with esteemed guests: Drs . Jonathan Viventi (LCP neural implants), Tracy Cui (PEDOT electrode coatings), Ellis Meng (parylene neural implants), and Ivan Minev (PDMS neural implants). Tune in as they explore the fascinating world of soft implantable electrodes and brain-nervous system interfaces.

  Top 3 Takeaways:

  • “In the next five or 10 years, I anticipate that advancements in human neural implants will resemble those we've observed previously. I don't foresee any radical changes in materials or physical attributes. The neurosurgeons I collaborate with prefer implants that aren't excessively flexible or thin to avoid tearing during surgery.”
  • “The first time we delivered an implant to a clinician, these devices were carefully handled by my students. No one dared touch them; they were like sacred objects entrusted to the grad students. When the surgeons got hold of them, they were shocked – bending them in ways we never imagined. Handling these inconsistencies is a crucial aspect to consider, bridging the gap between expectation and reality.”
  • "Everything new is something old that is well forgotten"

3:15 Do all of you want to introduce yourselves?
10:30 What’s a good way for trainees to stay on top of everything there is to learn?
13:45 What is the ideal neural implant and what is the 5-10 year plan for developing these?
20:00 Each of you has a different favorite material for neural implants, do you want to talk about that?
29:45 What motivates you in this field?
35:30 How do you take clinical translation into account in your research?
40:15 What challenges or embarrassing moments have you had in your career?
***Audience Questions***
43:30 What is your experience and challenges in patenting your electrodes and research?
46:00 What’s the point in doing research if other companies are able to raise significantly more money than we can?
49:00 How do you address the scalability of manufacturing electrodes?
51:15 How groundbreaking do your ideas need to be to be successful?
54:30 How do you deal with paper submission processes that have gone badly?
58:00 How do you deal with a  double blind review?
59:00 What’s the most difficult aspect of supervising graduate students?
1:02:00 When can we expect neural implants that interface with all of the neurons in our brain?
1:06:15 How do you deal with materials that aren’t certified for clinical translation?
 1:07:45 If you had a magic wand / unlimited funding, what would you do?