Salk neuroscientist granted million to harness sound to control brain cells

IMAGE: Sreekanth Chalasani is pictured. view more Credit: Salk Institute LA JOLLA–Salk Associate Professor Sreekanth Chalasani has been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative for developing a way to selectively activate brain, heart, muscle and other cells using ultrasonic waves, which could be a boon to neuroscience research as well as medicine. Chalasani will receive over $1 million for the first year of the award to expand his groundbreaking technology into mammalian cells. If it works in humans, such a technology could be used for deep brain stimulation–a common treatment in Parkinson’s and depression. It could also be used outside of the brain to act as a pacemaker for a heart or to produce insulin from pancreatic cells. “The…


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