In a first, Pakistani scientist to perform brain chip trials on humans

 Dr Naweed Syed is near to curing brain ailments and underlying lost function through a chip solution.

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  •  Dr Naweed Syed is near to curing brain ailments and underlying lost function through a chip solution.
  • Dr Syed will perform his first ever trial on humans by the next month (July) in the ongoing year.
  • The ultra-sensitive, hybrid brain chip will first be tested as a diagnostic device for epileptic patients.
  • The hybrid bionic chip” is among three novel chips developed by Dr Syed.

Pakistani-Canadian scientist Dr Naweed Syed is near to curing brain ailments and underlying lost function through a single chip solution. After long experimentation, observations and work on the product, two-way, brain-chip is finally almost ready for human trials. First, the bionic chip will be used on patients suffering from epilepsy, particularly the affected who do not respond to any drugs anymore.

Dr Syed will perform his first ever trial on humans by the next month (July) in the ongoing year. The ultra-sensitive, hybrid brain chip will first be tested as a diagnostic device for epileptic patients, incorporating approaches that have never been employed prior to this. The main cause of seizures among epileptic patients is the abnormal firing of brain signals. “The hybrid bionic chip” is among three novel chips developed by Dr Syed.

Aimed at detecting seizures and MR compatible:

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Dr Naweed Syed with his pioneering two-way cyborg chip. PHOTO: TRIBUNE

 

It is primarily aimed at detecting seizures at a resolution that has not been never achieved before. After implantation, the chip can detect seizures and convey these signals wirelessly to a wearable pocket backpack – thus relieving the patients of a thirty-foot cable which is otherwise a part of the conventional procedure.


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The chip is also MR compatible, which means it allows the surgeon to pinpoint the precise location of the seizures – thereby facilitating surgical resection. This innovative and ground-breaking technology is based on very sensitive electrodes and is soon to be tested on humans at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

“During the human trials, the chip will be able to detect and predict- the epileptic fits in advance and alert the patients to remain calm if she or he is walking or driving. It can also send SMS to emergency services and paramedics – revealing the precise location of the patient through wireless GPS signals while also informing the loved ones” – said Syed. 

Syed does not only have this unique milestone on this name. With inventing first-ever brain chip which allows two-way communications between a brain cell and the electronics, he is also the man behind brain-machine interfacing technologies. He also recently developed two “Patch-clamp chips” – another marvel designed to test more than 90 different drugs concurrently at the single ion channel level.

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