Soft subdermal implant capable of wireless battery charging and programmable controls for applications in optogenetics

Journal: Nature Communications

Published: 2021-01-22

DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-20803-y

Affiliations: 5

Authors: 12

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Wireless recharging for implantable brain devices

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Wirelessly rechargeable brain implants could make it easier for researchers to control individual neurons in rats using pulses of lights.

Optogenetics is a research tool in neuroscience that uses light to alter the activity of genetically engineered light-sensitive nerve cells to better understand the function and behaviour of clusters of neurons in animals.

Now, a team led by researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has developed an implantable optogenetic light-emitting device that can be wirelessly recharged. The device contains a lithium polymer battery that harvests wireless radio-frequency energy using a coil antenna.

This solves the problem of having to keep the device attached to either external batteries that require regular changing or a tethered power source that limits the animal’s movement.

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  1. Nature Communications 12, 535 (2021). doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-20803-y
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Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea 0.54
Yonsei University Health System (YUHS), South Korea 0.33
Yonsei University, South Korea 0.08
University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder), United States of America (USA) 0.04