Applying advances in human prosthetics to chronic implants used in macaque neuroscience

We are pleased to announce a new strategic award to Professor Alex Thiele, Newcastle University, for a project aimed at refining the design of cranial implants used in neuroscience studies with macaques, in order to improve the welfare of these animals. Brain function is often studied in animals by recording the electrical signals that are generated by single neurons that make up the brain’s functional networks. Macaque monkeys are used as models of human brain function, and are typically implanted with two devices in order for stable neural recordings to be made – a post to restrain the head and a chamber to access the brain. Head fixation is also required for functional magnetic resonance imaging. Use of modern biocompatible materials has helped to improve the integration of such devices…


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