Special Issue "Miniaturized Wireless Biosensors"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2014).
Interests: VLSI circuits for bioinstrumentation; wireless biosensors; implantable electronics; brain computer interfaces; and low-power analog/mixed-mode integrated circuits
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The advancement in wireless technology and micro/nano-fabrication techniques have created a tremendous opportunity for using miniaturized wireless microelectronic devices in novel point-of-care diagnostic and prosthetic systems for a variety of health and life science applications. These new devices take advantage of miniaturized sensor technology to interface directly with complex biological structures like tissues, cells and molecules. For example, micro-electro-mechanical systems, such as microelectrode arrays and microfluidic channels, allow the study of neurons and manipulation of blood cells, while microlenses are used in low-cost fluorescence imagers. Other emerging devices, like brain machine interfaces, are opening up new opportunities to gain a better understanding of the root causes of several neuronal disorders, like the Parkinson’s disease, by extracting important biological parameters in freely moving animals. Such microsystems typically combine one or several application-specific integrated circuits with various sensor technologies into lightweight and self-contained formats that can easily be worn or implanted in the body to offer a very high level of functionality. The key requirements from such systems are: the extraction, the analysis, and the transmission of biological data in real time with excellent signal quality through a wireless connection. They are typically powered by a small battery, or by an inductive link, the power transmitter for which is external to the body, requiring extremely low power consumption to maximize the operational life expectancy.
Dr. Benoit Gosselin
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