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Bioelectronic Medicine and StimDust: A Miniaturized Wireless Peripheral Nerve Stimulator


Thursday, February 22, 2018
1:30 – 2:30 PM
ENGR 103

About the Presentation

Devices that sense and modulate the electrical signals of the nervous system can be used to treat a broad range of diseases, providing a more targetted and efficacious treatment than traditional systemic medications. Recent research efforts have focused on miniaturizing these medical devices as a path forward to precision medicine. In this talk, I will present a background of bioelectronic medicine and discuss my recent work in developing an ultrasonically powered implant. The miniaturized implant delivers controlled stimulation and is demonstrated in vivo on a rat sciatic nerve.

Dr. Ben JohnsonAbout the Presenter

Ben Johnson
Assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Ben Johnson joined Boise State University in spring 2018 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He received the PhD degree from Cornell University in January 2014. Prior to joining Boise State, he was a research scientist at the University of California, Berkeley where he did research on brain-machine interfaces and wireless neuromodulation. He is also the Director of Technology at Cortera Neurotechnologies where he leads technical efforts to develop therapeutic devices for neurological disorders.