The Center for Neuroprosthetics at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne [EPFL] – at which the Bertarelli Foundation sponsors three Chairs, with a further to be filled – defines its mission as establishing “a truly interdisciplinary area of study, merging neuroscience with engineering and medicine, and efficiently translating major breakthroughs from bioengineering and neuroscience to viable clinic applications.” The work being done there is benefiting from continuous advances in biotechnology, microelectronics and neural implants, as well as advances in our understanding of the brain and spinal cord.
The two Chairs sponsored by the Foundation are dedicated to “Neuroengineering and neuroprosthetics” and “Neurophysiology and coding of cochlear implants”. The first is focusing on the technologies that will be at the basis of a variety of neuroprosthetic approaches that are required to optimize implants. The second works on the interface between the neurophysiology of auditory processing and the development of novel cochlear implants.
In May 2013, it was announced that these two Chairs would be transferring to Campus Biotech, the Consortium established by the Bertarelli family, Hansjörg Wyss, the Wyss Foundation, EPFL and the University of Geneva. The Bertarelli Foundation is also sponsoring two Chairs at the new Wyss Centre for Bio- and Neuro-Engineering, which is housed on the site