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On October 29th we were pleased to meet SHEILA
NIRENBERG when she presented a fascinating talk to
the Center for Vision Research community entitled
"Talking to the Brain in its own Language: making new
kinds of prosthetic devices".
Sheila Nirenberg is a neuroscientist/professor at Weill
Medical College of Cornell University, where she studies
neural coding –how the brain takes information from the
outside world and encodes it in patterns of electrical
activity. The idea is to be able to decode the activity, to
look at a pattern of electrical pulses and know what an
animal is seeing or thinking or feeling. Recently, she’s
been using this work to develop new kinds of prosthetic
devices, particularly ones for treating blindness.
The Center for Vision Research
Brown Institute for Brain Science