New Silicon Probes Record Activity of Hundreds of Neurons Simultaneously

9 November 2017
Neuroscientists who want to follow the nervous system’s cellular conversations will soon have access to easy-to-use technology that simultaneously monitors neural activity at hundreds of different sites within the brain, thanks to a major engineering effort funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Allen Institute for Brain Science, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, and Wellcome.

The new probes are expected to give scientists a much clearer picture of how different parts of the brain work together to process information.
Vincent Bonin, Group Leader at NERF (empowered by IMEC, KU Leuven and VIB): ​“Neuropixels probes substantially lower the barrier to large-scale electrophysiology by providing hundreds of high quality recordings at a fraction of the cost.” says Vincent Bonin at Neuro-Electronics Research Flanders who is co-author of the study and whose lab tested early prototypes of the probes. “Together with emerging software tools, the new probes will dramatically expand user base and the range of applications of the technologies in the laboratory and, hopefully, in industry.”

Vincent Bonin