UChicago receives $2.4 million grant to build implants that could help restore vision

The University of Chicago Medicine has been awarded a $2.4 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a system of wireless brain implants that might restore partial vision to people who have lost their sight.

The project’s goal is to create a system that converts input from a camera into electrical stimulations that produce useful visual perception in the brain. Although not a complete restoration of natural sight, the technology could drastically improve quality of life for people who have lost their vision through injury or illness.

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