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Grand Challenge: Smart Neuroprosthetics

When President Obama called for scientific research to address major national or global problems, NYU responded with its own Grand Challenge competition, awarding $250,000 each to two interdisciplinary research groups chosen from among the 32 who applied.

In this video, members of one winning team—Engineering Professor Jonathan Viventi of NYU-Poly and Otolaryngology Professor Robert Froemke of the School of Medicine—explain how the Grand Challenge grant will help them develop powerful wireless devices that can be implanted into the brain. These could be used to manipulate prosthetic limbs, create "smart" hearing aids, and even improve impaired memory. Their research will build on existing technology—implantable devices that are large, use too many wires, and interact imperfectly with the brain—to develop a next generation of implants that are smaller, wireless, bendable, and higher resolution.

Click here to meet the other NYU Grand Challenge winners, a team of researchers setting out to map New York City's microbial MetaGenome.

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