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CODE 112668
ACADEMIC YEAR 2023/2024
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR ING-INF/06
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER 2° Semester
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

The course provides an overview of in vitro and in vivo neuroengineering aimed at providing the theoretical and methodological skills related to the study of the interaction of physical devices with the human brain at various levels of complexity, from the level of single cells and small neural networks, up to the entire nervous system and its interactions with the environment.

AIMS AND CONTENT

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the end of the course, the student:

  1. Will have the basis on in vitro and in vivo neuroengineering both in research and in clinical practice.
  2. Will have the basis that will allow designing and performing experiments with nervous cells to characterize both morphological (microscopy) and electrophysiological (multi-electrode recordings) properties, recognizing strengths and weaknesses of the different experimental models.
  3. Will have the basis that will allow identifying the critical issues that people with neuromotor problems face daily and propose technological solutions to improve their condition.
  4. Will be able to analyze and present experimental results appropriately.

PREREQUISITES

There are no formal prerequisites, but the course requires basic knowledge of physiology, informatics and bioelectronics.

TEACHING METHODS

  • Frontal lessons
  • Seminars by industry experts (clinicians and engineers working in the field of neuroengineering)
  • Practical exercises, presentations

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

  1. Introduction to neural interfaces (brain- and body-machine interfaces).
  2. Introduction to the complexity of the brain both from a structural and functional point of view.
  3. In vitro models to study large-scale networks of nervous cells (e.g., slices, cell cultures, spheroids, organoids, etc.).
  4. Morphological and electrophysiological characterization of in vitro neuronal populations and their engineering.
  5. Consequences and problems related to damage or disease affecting the central or peripheral nervous system.
  6. Existing technological solutions to replace or recover motion lost due to damage to the nervous system.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

CAMILLA PIERELLA (President)

SERENA RICCI

MARTINA BROFIGA (President Substitute)

LESSONS

Class schedule

L'orario di tutti gli insegnamenti è consultabile all'indirizzo EasyAcademy.

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Discussion of the report containing the used techniques and the results achieved by the exercitations.

Exam schedule

Data Ora Luogo Degree type Note
31/05/2024 09:30 GENOVA Orale
21/06/2024 09:30 GENOVA Orale
19/07/2024 09:30 GENOVA Orale
13/09/2024 09:30 GENOVA Orale