Stories about Brain
Saving lives during cancer surgery by separating the good from the bad
Advances in real-time hyperspectral imaging gives neurosurgeons new precision when operating on the brain, improving patient outcomes
FET People: Michela Chiappalone & Stefano Buccelli
"Developing tools to help people with disabilities is the most exciting part of our work"
Research projects about Brain
The Brain Bow project focuses on the development of innovative neuroprostheses. The main goal is to restore neuronal connections and activity among in-vitro neurons by connecting them to an artificial system. This technique may be used in the future to treat the consequences of damages to the brain tissues caused by accidents or strokes.
The HELICoiD project has developed a new method to discriminate between healthy and malignant tissues during surgeries. The approach is based on real-time hyperspectral images of the operated organ and on mathematical models determining how these change in the presence of cancer cells. The technique may lead to great improvements in the cancer treatment.
The ByAxon project aims to develop a new generation of sensors and electrodes based on nanotechnology materials for neural interfacing directly at the spinal cord level. The idea is to exploit the enhanced properties of nanostructured materials to develop less-invasive and more-efficient sensors that will allow tackling not only the brain but also the spinal cord with a long-lasting device replacing the present rigid metallic plates in chronic implants. The technology developed in this project could serve as a basis for a new generation of advanced neural interfaces applications with utility in retinal implants, brain-recording systems for patients with epilepsy, and deep brain stimulation devices for Parkinson disease.