In the field of neuroprosthetics, the well-established treatments of deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease, cochlear implants for hearing loss, virtual reality for neuropsychiatric rehabilitation, and brain-computer interfaces for movement restoration are merely four success stories. Much work lies ahead of us to enable novel neurotechnological breakthroughs and bring them to the rapidly expanding pool of neurological and psychiatric patients worldwide. With no effective pharmacological treatments in sight for major neuropsychiatric diseases such as spinal cord injury, stroke, or Alzheimer’s disease (to name just three), researchers at the Center for Neuroprosthetics strive to develop the next generation of electroceutical and cogniceutical treatments in neuroprosthetics. With approximately one third of the population in Europe and the US afflicted by brain disorders, major advances in systems and cognitive neuroprosthetics are desperately needed to treat patients with motor, sensory, and cognitive deficits.
The Center for Neuroprosthetics is establishing a truly interdisciplinary area of study for scientific discovery and neurotechnological design, strengthened by its dual affiliation with the School of Engineering and the School of Life Sciences. To meet our ambitious translational goals in neuroprosthetics—that is, the repair and substitution of impaired sensory, motor and cognitive functions—we have now developed strategic partnerships with several medical centers in the Lemanic region as well as with Harvard Medical School.