Improved Healing by combining Optical and Electrical Stimulation of Nerves (HOpES)
Principal Investigator: Dr I. Triantis
Researcher: Dr E. Rahman
The aim of this project is to develop a peripheral nerve stimulation method that will activate either exclusively sensory or exclusively motor neural pathways, using combined electrical and optical stimuli. The motive is to replace present stimulation techniques - which activate simultaneously sensory and motor nerve signals - with the proposed method, in order to eliminate related side-effects thus eventually allowing for its wider use in mainstream clinical practice. The project has an experimental and a simulation stage. In-vitro experiments will be carried out on sciatic nerves of Xenopus Laevis amphibians and modelling of light-tissue interaction will be carried out in Matlab and COMSOL.