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Neuroengineering: A Brief And Interesting History

posted Aug 31, 2016, 11:35 PM by Dr. Curtis Cripe   [ updated Aug 31, 2016, 11:42 PM ]

Neuroengineering is a part of biomedical engineering. Neuroengineers use engineering methods to work with and around the human body’s neural systems. They have the impressive ability to solve problems of interfacing the human neural network with non-living constructs. What used to sound like science fiction is now reality thanks to neuroengineering.

Neuroengineering is a relatively young discipline. Although information gathered on the field is still limited, researchers and scientists are learning more and more about it. Initial write-ups, reports, and journals on the subject came out in 2004. Global conferences on neuroenginering have been held since 2003, and there have been seven to date. These were held all over the world, from Antalya, Turkey, to Cancun, Mexico, to San Diego, California, to Montpellier.

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Because of neuroengineering, researchers, scientists and doctors have a better understanding of how the neural network transfers information on the level of a neuron. As research paves the way for more knowledge, tools for fusing neural networks with human technology could be developed with more sophistication.

Bionic limbs are the most popular innovations made possible by neuroengineering. As the understanding of neural networks deepens alongside the perpetual advancement of human technology, one can only imagine all the possibilities that neuroengineering can unlock, and the many people it can help.

Dr. Curtis Cripe is a neuroengineer with a background that includes engineering, software development, bioengineering, psychophysiology, psychology, child neurodevelopment, and brain injury. He is the head of the Research and Development department of NTL group. Discover more about Dr. Cripe’s work by following this Facebook page.

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