An Improved 3D In Vitro Model for High-throughput Electrode Biocompatibility Testing

  • Author / Creator
    Jeffery, Andrea F
  • Recent technological advancements in the field of neural recording and decoding have changed the landscape of neural prostheses. However, a lack of biocompatible electrodes for long-term neural recording resulting in loss of electrode functionality is currently a major limiting factor for clinical implementation of advancing neural interfacing technology. Chronic activation of microglia and astrocytes as well as increasing cell density at the electrode are considered to be the primary reason for decreasing electrode functionality over time. Glial scarring models to date (primarily in vivo) have provided an excellent documentation of the temporal response of microglia and astrocytes upon electrode insertion, but do not satisfactorily address the degree to which various electrode parameters influence glial scarring. Herein a novel 3D glial scarring model based on hyaluronic acid is proposed. This model is shown to support mixed glial cells, mimic the mechanical properties of the central nervous system and model the acute inflammatory response over 21 days.

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  • Graduation date
    Spring 2014
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  • Degree
    Master of Science
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