NESTOR is a 4-year programme, funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek, NWO).
Our goal is to develop a neuroprosthesis that interfaces with the brain, allowing the generation of artificial visual percepts even when there is extensive damage to the eye or the optic nerve.
We are creating the world’s first large-scale, chronically implanted, wireless device that imparts visual percepts directly to the visual cortex, through the translation of fundamental neuroscience insights into clinical applications.
Our consortium brings together leading academic and industry partners across the fields of neuroengineering, brain imaging, computer modelling, virtual reality, wireless communications and power, and clinical neuroscience.
Our initiative is funded by a Dutch STW Perspectief grant. The STW is part of the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and receives funding from organisations such as the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
NESTOR encompasses the following research areas: mapping out the anatomy of the visual cortex; developing powerful new techniques for image processing and microstimulation; and creating innovative, implantable electrode and wireless technology.
Team members, company representatives, and patient organisation representatives convened for two days of intense discussion.
The initiative aims to demonstrate proof-of-concept for a high-resolution, implantable device in the visual cortex. https://www.nwo.nl/actueel/nieuws/2016/ttw/zes-nieuwe-perspectief-programmas-van-start.html
The NESTOR consortium comprises the following research organisations:
The Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, Maastricht University, Radboud University, and the Eindhoven University of Technology.
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