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Meeting 2013 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
Symposium 2013 and Beyond: Flexible Electronics
Sponsorship TMS Electronic, Magnetic, and Photonic Materials Division
TMS: Biomaterials Committee
TMS: Nanomaterials Committee
Organizer(s) Walter Voit, UT Dallas
Scope Neural interfaces provide a communication platform for direct interaction with the nervous system. Communication with the central nervous system has enabled treatment of numerous conditions such as epilepsy and depression, control of prosthetic devices and the advancement of the field of neuroscience. However, devices designed to record extracellular neural activity generally fail within one year of implantation due to materials limitations. This failure has been widely attributed to gliosis, the chronic reactive biological response to the invasive foreign probe, which leads to death of neurons and encapsulation of the implant resulting in a loss in the signal-to-noise-ratio over time. A number of factors contribute to the timeframe and extent of the observed gliosis: size, stiffness, surface chemistry, insertion procedure and mechanical constraints provided by electrical contacts have been shown to have a direct effect on glial scarring.

This Symposium will bring together materials experts in flexible electronics, polymer chemistry, electrical engineering, biophysics and neuroscience to describe novel approaches for new materials and micro- to nano-scale manufacturing paradigms to build reliable central and peripheral nervous system interfaces.
Abstracts Due 07/31/2012
Proceedings Plan Planned:

Brain Matched Magnetic Susceptibility in Metallic Alloys for Use during MR Imaging
Electrochemical Gating and Oxide Field-effect Transistors: Switching Speed and Device Stability Issues
Electrochemical Properties of Neural Interfaces on Smart, Softening Substrates
Fabricating High-Strain Capacity Conductors on Shape Memory Polymers in Metastable States to Accommodate Large Shape Changes in Flexible Electronic Devices
Flexible Organic Thin Film Transistors for Neural Interfaces
Flexible Organic Transistors on Shape Memory Polymer Substrates for Conformable Biointegrated Interfaces
Flexible, Large-Area Sensor Circuits Fabricated by Additive Printing
Graphene Coated with Titanium Nitride as Electrode Materials for Neural Interfaces
Growth Time Performance Dependence of Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotube Supercapacitors Grown on Aluminum Substrates
High-Performance Flexible Organic Photovoltaic Cells with Amorphous ZITO Electrode
Low-Temperature Materials for a Neuromorphic Architecture
Shape Memory Polymer Substrates for Softening, 3D Neural Interfaces
Use of Compliant Materials in the Fabrication of a Flexible Utah Neural Interface Electrode Array

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