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Integration of Nanobots Into Neural Circuits As a Future Therapy for Treating Neurodegenerative Disorders

By Arthur Saniotis, Maciej Henneberg and Abdul-Rahman Sawalma

Abstract

Recent neuroscientific research demonstrates that the human brain is becoming altered by technological devices. Improvements in biotechnologies and computer based technologies are now increasing the likelihood for the development of brain augmentation devices in the next 20 years. We have developed the idea of an "Endomyccorhizae like interface" (ELI) nanocognitive device as a new kind of future neuroprosthetic which aims to facilitate neuronal network properties in individuals with neurodegenerative disorders. The design of our ELI may overcome the problems of invasive neuroprosthetics, post-operative inflammation, and infection and neuroprosthetic degradation. The method in which our ELI is connected and integrated to neuronal networks is based on a mechanism similar to endomyccorhizae which is the oldest and most widespread form of plant symbiosis. We propose that the principle of Endomyccorhizae could be relevant for developing a crossing point between the ELI and neuronal networks. Similar to endomyccorhizae the ELI will be designed to form webs, each of which connects multiple neurons together. The ELI will function to sense action potentials and deliver it to the neurons it connects to. This is expected to compensate for neuronal loss in some neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease

Topics: Institute of Evolutionary Medicine, 610 Medicine & health
Publisher: Frontiers Research Foundation
Year: 2018
DOI identifier: 10.3389/fnins.2018.00153
OAI identifier: oai:www.zora.uzh.ch:150931
Provided by: ZORA

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