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Timing is everything in new implant tech



Stimulators win top award at circuitry conference, could aid spinal cord, heart therapies


Implants that require a steady source of power but don’t need wires are an idea whose time has come.


Now, for therapies that require multiple, coordinated stimulation implants, their timing has come as well.


Rice University engineers who developed implants for electrical stimulation in patients with spinal cord injuries have advanced their technique to power and program multisite biostimulators from a single transmitter.


A peer-reviewed paper about the advance by electrical and computer engineer Kaiyuan Yang and his colleagues at Rice’s Brown School of Engineering won the best paper award at the IEEE’s Custom Integrated Circuits Conference, held virtually in the last week of April.


More information is available at the Rice News