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The spinal cord is essential for communicating sensations and controlling body movement. Spinal trauma or disorders can result in aberrant sensations, pain, or paralysis. This interdisciplinary project will develop a new nanotechnology combined with an implantable device to precisely deliver drugs or genes to spinal cord neurons, then control them through light stimulation. This technology will pave the way for restoring normal spinal cord function, which is currently impossible for these patients.
We will work to create a new program of therapy using precision nanomedicine delivery and optogenetic activation/inhibition of the spinal cord. This specifically includes:
Students will be divided into three teams, one team based at each of the following schools: chemical engineering (goal 1), medical sciences (goal 2) and biomedical engineering (goal 3). Each team will tackle the above three goals in parallel.
All degrees are welcome however, students specialising in the below areas are encouraged to apply.
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