2020-04-22T10:06:00+08:002019-09-21|Seminars and Workshops|

Talk title  Towards Decoding and Restoration of Visual and Motor Functions
Speaker Prof. Jiayi ZHANG
Principle Investigator,
Associate Professor,
Assistant Dean,
Institutes of Brain Science, Fudan University
Date & Time 18 Sep 2019 (Wed)
Venue Room G004, E12 Building (University of Macau)
Abstract Prof. Zhang previously demonstrated that for long-term spastic limb paralysis, transferring the seventh cervical nerve (C7) from the nonparalyzed side to the paralyzed side results in increase of 17.7 in Fugl-Meyer score. One strategy for further improvement in voluntary arm movement is selective activation of five target muscles innervated by C7 during recovery process. In this study, Prof. Zhang develops an implantable multisite optogenetic stimulation device (MOSD) based on shape-memory polymer. Two-site stimulation of sciatic nerve bundles by MOSD induces precise extension or flexion movements of the ankle joint, while eight-site stimulation of C7 nerve bundles induce selective limb movement. Long-term implant of MOSD to mice with severed and anastomosed C7 nerve is proven to be both safe and effective. Our work opens up the possibility for multisite nerve bundle stimulation to induce highly-selective activations of limb muscles, which could inspire further applications in neurosurgery and neuroscience research.