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Ed Boyden: Um interruptor para os neurônios

TED2011 · 18:24 · Filmed Mar 2011
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Ed Boyen demonstra como, pela inserção de proteínas sensíveis à luz em células cerebrais, pode ativar ou desativar seletivamente neurônios específicos através de implantes de fibra óptica. Com esse nível de controle sem precedentes, conseguiu tratar ratos com distúrbios similares à Síndrome de Estresse Pós-Traumático e certas formas de cegueira. Para o futuro: próteses neuronais. O moderador da sessão, Juan Enriquez, conduz um pequeno debate no final.

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At the MIT Media Lab, Ed Boyden leads the Synthetic Neurobiology Group, which invents technologies to reveal how cognition and emotion arise from brain networks — and to enable systematic repair of disorders such as epilepsy and PTSD. Full bio

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