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MRI-compatible and integrated devices for simultaneous neural recording, stimulation, imaging

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R41NS105298-01
Agency Tracking Number: R41NS105298
Amount: $258,325.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: 101
Solicitation Number: PA18-702
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-03-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-02-28
Small Business Information
West Lafayette, IN 47906-1130
United States
DUNS: 080556746
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
Phone: (765) 496-1872
Research Institution
United States

 Nonprofit College or University

Project Summary
The use of technologies for imagingrecording and modulating brain activity is rapidly advancing neuroscienceNotablymicroelectrodes are used to locally record neural activity or to perturb circuit functionFunctional
magnetic resonance imagingfMRIis widely used to image large scale patterns of hemodynamic fluctuations
accompanying neural activityAlthough these techniques have become the workhorse of basic and
translational neurosciencethey are mainly employed separately and provide only partial views of brain
functions with massively different spatiotemporal resolution and specificityAt presentthere is no established
way to combine these multimodal and multiscale techniques into a fully integrated system that would allow us
to link local neuronal events or modulations to large scale network activitiesThe absence of such a system
will continue to present significant barriers that impede bridging brain activity across spatial and temporal
scalesThere is a critical need to develop a novel system that will enable and integrate simultaneous neural
imagingrecording and modulation at local and global scales for a variety of neuroscience applicationsTo
meet this critical needMR Link LLCand its partners at Purdue Universitypropose to developtest and
commercialize a uniquePurdue IPandampintegrated system for concurrent fMRIelectrical
recording and stimulationCentral to this system is a novel microelectronic devicewhich will be miniaturizedbattery freeand wirelessto enable high density neural recording and modulation during high throughput brain
scansIt will also eliminate the effects of electromagnetic interferenceutilize existing hardware in the MRI
system for multimodal capabilitiesenable synchronized and concurrent neural recordingstimulation and
imagingand reduce the size and cost of MRI compatible neural recording or stimulation systemsThusthe
device is well suited for wide commercialization to accelerate neuroscience research in basic and clinical
settingsPhase I Specific AimsDevelop the MR Link devices for neural recording and stimulationandTest the MR Link devices with in vivo experiments on rats inT MRIAt the conclusion of Phase IMR Link
and its research partners at Purdue will have designed and fabricated the deviceand also tested the feasibilityefficacyand safety of using theMR Linkfor simultaneous in vivo recordingstimulationand imaging of the
rat brainPhase I will lay the technical foundation for Phase IIin which MR Link will continue to refine the
design for recording and stimulating the human brainscale up toorrecording stimulation channelsminiaturize the device through nanofabricationprepare and start mass production for wide disseminationand
partner with major MRI manufacturers to integrate MR Link devices with all research and clinical MRI systemsMR Link will supply more affordableaccessiblereliableand powerful solutions for simultaneous neural
imagingrecordingand stimulation in animals and humanscreating a new window of opportunity to transform
basic neuroscience research and advance clinical diagnosis and treatment of brain disorders Project Narrative
The proposed project is to developrefinevalidateand commercialize a novel microelectronic deviceto
enable simultaneous neural recording and stimulation during concurrent magnetic resonance imagingThis
device will enable the seamless integration of imagingelectrophysiologyand neuromodulationto accelerate
the progress in basic and translational neuroscience researchand to potentially improve the accuracy and
efficacy of diagnosis and treatment of brain disorders

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