Pakistani Scientist Starts Human Trials for Chip That Fights Brain-Related Ailments

Inventor of a neuro/bionic chip, Dr. Naweed Syed says that he will start trials on humans in a few months.

It has been a few years since the story of a Pakistani-Canadian scientist of the University of Calgary’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute creating a neurochip gained traction. The neurochip will help understand the communication between human tissue and an electronic device.

The chip can pave way for the development of a bionic robot. It also can help with incurable brain ailments and the resulting function loss by simply being implanted in the brain.

Although it took almost two decades of feverish experiments, deign, redesign, and observations, a two-way brain chip is finally ready for human trials.

Initially, the semiconductor chip will be used to handle patients with epilepsy, especially those who do not respond to shelved drugs.

Diagnostic Device

Dr. Naweed, the pioneer of brain cell activity reading chips, will undertake the experiments in the middle of this year. The hybrid, ultra-sensitive bionic chip will first serve as a diagnostic device for epileptic patients through numerous, unprecedented approaches.

The hybrid bionic chip is one of the three unique chips developed by Syed. It aims at detecting seizures in a way that’s never been done before.

Furthermore, after it’s implanted, the chip can not only detect seizures but also convey the signals wirelessly to a wearable pocket device. This can relieve the patients of a 30-foot cable, which is a part of the conventional procedure.

This chip is significant because it will be MR compatible and enable the surgeon to identify the location of the seizures, which is quite hard to achieve normally.

Nevertheless, in the next step, the chip will not only detect seizures but also switch to a device that can subdue them. The human trials will begin in mid 2019 at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Via: ExpressTribune