MSc thesis project proposal

[2019] To Walk Again: Tackling Technical Challenges for Neuromodulation in Patients with Spinal Cord Injury

Treatment of spinal cord lesions is still a great clinical, scientific and technological challenge. While some researchers and engineers focus on exoskeletons or neuro-regeneration for regaining of functionality in terms of locomotion, others look at harnessing remaining, intact spinal cord structures through processes of neuromodulation and neurostimulation.

Assignment

This project is a collaboration between TU Delft, Section Bioelectronics and ErasmusMC, the departments of Neuroscience, Neurosurgery and the Center of Pain Medicine focussing on neuromodulation in patients with spinal cord injury (SCI). During this MSc project, the MSc student will work in close collaboration with clinicians and basic scientists, tackling some of the technological challenges the research team is facing in its investigation into the role of electrical stimulation in regaining of motor response in patients with complete SCI. The research is focused on the development of new, spatially selective electrodes, as well as new implantable neurostimulators compatible with the currently available stimulation leads.

Requirements

MSc student EE or BME

Contact

dr. Vasiliki Giagka

Bioelectronics Group

Department of Microelectronics

Last modified: 2019-04-10