Apr 15, 2019
Ian Baumgart is a Biomedical Engineering Master’s student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He currently conducts research in Doctor Kip Ludwig’s Neural Engineering Laboratory. Baumgart’s current project focuses on the Injectrode, which is an injectable pre-polymer that can act as a conductor throughout the body along with nerves.
Top Three Takeaways:
[0:00] Ladan introduces the NER Conference he attended in March of 2019 and explains how he conducted interviews at the poster sessions.
[1:15] Ian Baumgart introduces himself from the University of Wisconsin-Madison working in Doctor Kip Ludwig’s Neural Engineering Laboratory.
[1:30] Baumgart introduces the Injectrode which is basically liquid pre-polymer with conductive particles that is completely injectable.
[2:15] His team eventually hopes to further develop the surgical aspect of the procedure to better administer the Injetctrode.
[2:30] Baumgart goes into the details concerning the setup of the experiment and the similarities observed throughout testing.
[3:40] The benefits of this procedure involve the fact that it is minimally invasive—it can be injected into deep structures relatively easily. The injectrode is softer and conforms better than a wire.
[4:45] The physical properties have yet to be characterized in the Injectrode.
[5:25] Baumgart’s team hopes to develop insulation for the injectrode; he would also like to increase the shelf-life of the injectrode and characterize its composition.
[6:00] His paper is currently in the Bio Archive and will be published soon; its name is A Truly Injectable Neural Stimulation Electrode Made from an In-Body Curing Polymer/Metal Composite.