Christian Nijhuis, UT professor at Hybrid Materials for Opto-Electronics, developed a novel technology inspired by the human brain. Nijhuis and his team designed a system which is able to process and transfer information in a highly energy-efficient way. The technology might prove invaluable for use in self-driving cars and other applications.
Neurologist and UT scientist Jeanette Hofmeijer studies how to improve the prognosis and treatment of patients that suffered brain damage due to oxygen shortage. Results from her research showed that activation of brain cells had positive effects on their recovery. This is at odds with the current treatment where the brain is actually calmed down.
Electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve, one of the twelve cranial nerves, can be an effective treatment for epilepsy. However, this method does not work for all patients. To predict if a patient can expect improvement by this stimulation, UT professor and clinical neurophysiologist Michel van Putten and his team, are looking for clues in long-term brain activity patterns, using self-learning analytical software.
Scientists from the University of Twente and UMC Utrecht are developing a mathematical model that can simulate the activity in different parts of the brain of epileptic patients. This helps to identify which brain parts play a role in epileptic attacks and may improve the surgical treatment. The project received a ZonMw Pearl, an honor only awarded to the most outstanding projects.
The Center for Brain-Inspired Nano Systems (BRAINS) at the UT will officially open on the 27th of March. The ultimate goal of this inter-faculty center is to develop the next generation of powerful, energy-efficient electronics inspired by the brain.
I’m using it to write this story. To construct sentences, to move my fingers across the keyboard, to breathe. Yet, I have no clue how. ‘It’ does it all, but I - nor anybody else - know how it functions. The brain. Why is it that we still don’t understand this black box inside our heads?