Special Issue "Micro/Nanofabrication for Retinal Implants"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2020).
Interests: neural engineering with a specific focus on retinal prosthesis; MEMS/NEMS (Micro-/Nano-Electro Mechanical System); electric stimulation; retinal neurobiology; electrophysiology; visual neuroscience
For a long time, many people have dreamed of restoring sight to blind individuals. For those blinded by outer retinal degenerative diseases (e.g., age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa), retinal implants can evoke visual percepts by stimulating the inner retinal neurons that survive the diseases. Indeed, when microelectronic retinal prosthetic devices demonstrated promising clinical outcomes, it seemed like the dream had been realized. Unfortunately, the best visual performance restored by the prostheses is still far removed from the normal vision. For a significantly enhanced quality of restored vision, retinal implants require breakthroughs in their electrode designs, dimensions, materials, and so on, which would heavily rely on micro-/nano-fabrication technologies. Also, because of the nature of biomedical devices aiming for physiological function restoration, multidisciplinary endeavors are crucial; for example, a physiological and/or anatomical rationale would be ideal for new designs. This Special Issue invites original research papers and short communications reporting novel micro-/nano-fabrication techniques for an improved performance of retinal implants. The Special Issue also welcomes review articles summarizing the state-of-the-art technologies and offering insights for future research directions in the retinal prosthetic community.
Dr. Maesoon Im
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- retinal prosthesis
- retinal implant
- retinal stimulation
- implantable device