Neuronal Stimulation for
Recovery of Function


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.

What we do

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.

Who we are

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.

We envision a future in which profoundly blind people can regain a functional level of vision.

Funding sources

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.

Our projects

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.

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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