Through device engineering and biological engineering, this division supports the development of broadly applicable biomedical technologies (without preference for any disease or application) that directly interface with, monitor, and regulate biological processes and functions of human physiology to enable new paradigms of human health. This division also supports research to advance the design and deployment of future technology-driven interventions.
Researchers have long recognized the therapeutic potential of using magnetoelectrics ⎯ materials that can turn magnetic fields into electric fields ⎯ to stimulate neural tissue in a minimally invasive way and help treat neurological disorders or nerve damage. A Rice University led team have designed the first magnetoelectric material that can be used to precisely stimulate neurons remotely and to bridge the gap in a broken sciatic nerve in a rat model. Source: Rice University