Why it matters:
The primary goal of the project is to restore vision. However, it has become clear that there are many other applications for this technology.
The project aims to explore these potential new applications:
- Moderation of epilepsy and depression
- Brain-controlled prosthetics
- Restoration of vital senses beyond vision
How it works:
A brain-computer interface (BCI) is a direct communication pathway between an enhanced or wired brain and an external device.
BCI’s are directed at researching, mapping, assisting, augmenting, or repairing human cognitive or sensory-motor functions.
Ask the expert:
Professor Arthur Lowery, Director of the Monash Vision Group
“My team and I have developed wireless-connected electronic implants that sit on the surfaces of the brain, creating long-term brain-machine interfaces.”
Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, has pledged almost $1 million to the University led project under the new Frontier Health and Medical Research Program.
The research program will invest $240 million over four years to support innovative ideas and discoveries with great potential for transformative impact on health care.
To find out more or how to apply for the program go to www.business.gov.au/assistance/frontier-health-and-medical-research