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Subspecialties Retina, Business and Innovation, Neuro-ophthalmology

Retinal Prostheses Without the Wiring?

Retinal implants – once the stuff of science fiction – are today a reality, with well over 100 patients with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) having received such devices to date. Enabling the blind to see is an incredible achievement, but the technology used to achieve this incredible feat contains a fair amount of rigid, electronic components, wiring and external equipment. Wouldn’t it be great if the implant just worked on its own? That might just be possible: a photoresponsive material – semiconductor nanocrystal (SCNC) – that can produce light-induced neuronal stimulation, without the need for any external wiring, power sources or processing apparatus (1).

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Roisin McGuigan

I have an extensive academic background in the life sciences, having studied forensic biology and human medical genetics in my time at Strathclyde and Glasgow Universities. My research, data presentation and bioinformatics skills plus my ‘wet lab’ experience have been a superb grounding for my role as a deputy editor at Texere Publishing. The job allows me to utilize my hard-learned academic skills and experience in my current position within an exciting and contemporary publishing company.

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