Send to

Choose Destination
Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2011;2011:3024-30. doi: 10.1109/IEMBS.2011.6090828.

Developing implantable neuroprosthetics: a new model in pig.

Author information

School of Engineering, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912, USA. david


A new model has been established in the domestic pig for neural prosthetic device development and testing. To this end, we report on a complete neural prosthetic developmental system using a wireless sensor as the implant, a pig as the animal model, and a novel data acquisition paradigm for actuator control. A new type of stereotactic frame with clinically-inspired fixations pins that place the pig brain in standard surgical plane was developed and tested with success during the implantation of the microsystem. The microsystem implanted was an ultra-low power (12.5 mW) 16-channel intracortical/epicranial device transmitting broadband (40 kS/s) data over a wireless infrared telemetric link. Pigs were implanted and neural data was collected over a period of 5 weeks, clearly showing single unit spiking activity.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Icon for PubMed Central
Loading ...
Support Center