Novel interfaces for light directed neuronal stimulation: Advances and challenges

Lilach Bareket-Keren, Yael Hanein*

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Light activation of neurons is a growing field with applications ranging from basic investigation of neuronal systems to the development of new therapeutic methods such as artificial retina. Many recent studies currently explore novel methods for optical stimulation with temporal and spatial precision. Novel materials in particular provide an opportunity to enhance contemporary approaches. Here we review recent advances towards light directed interfaces for neuronal stimulation, focusing on state-of-the-art nanoengineered devices. In particular, we highlight challenges and prospects towards improved retinal prostheses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-83
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Nanomedicine
Issue numberSUPPL.1
StatePublished - 6 May 2014


  • Conducting polymers
  • Light
  • Neuronal stimulation
  • Photoconductive
  • Prosthesis
  • Quantum dots
  • Retinal implant


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