Saturday, January 14, 2006

Eye Repair Nano Battery Implant

More on research into eyesight improvement.
Another article described an adaptive lens technology.
This announcement is about nanobatteries for artificial retina implants.
As far as I know, glasses, contact lenses and even corrective eye surgery are allowed for athletes. How far will they be allowed to go? What of the eye surgery gives the athlete an advantage over all of their oponents? Will this be banned from sports like steroids? Will it be detectable?

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Several researchers from Sandia National Laboratories, led by principal investigator Susan Rempe, are part of a multi-institutional, multidisciplinary team developing a nano-size battery that one day could be implanted in the eye to power an artificial retina.

They are among the recipients of a five-year, $6.5 million grant recently awarded by the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish a new center, the National Center for Design of Biomimetic Nanoconductors. Based at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign under the direction of principal investigator Eric Jakobsson, the center is designed to rapidly launch revolutionary ideas in the use of nanomedicine.

The first task for the center will be to design a class of devices for generating electric power — bio-batteries — for a wide array of implantable devices, starting with an artificial retina that has already been developed at the Doheny Eye Institute at the University of Southern California. The artificial retina and accompanying nanobattery will be used to correct certain types of macular degeneration.

Sandia researchers to model nano-size battery to be implanted in eye to power artificial retina: "University of Southern California"


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