Technologies for bioelectronic medicine of the future interface with the neural, muscular and cardiac tissue using electricity, magnetism, light or ultrasound. They are soft, flexible, stretchable, and non- or minimally invasive. They last a lifetime and thus are biocompatible, biostable, and upgradeable. Moreover, they adjust themselves to the varying therapeutic needs of the patient in a closed-loop fashion and are either wirelessly powered or employ energy scavenging from the body itself.
Recently, advancements in material engineering, microfabrication, micro- and nano-electronics, biosensors, bio-MEMS and micro-system integration have created new opportunities for the seamless integration of bioelectronic devices with living cells, tissues and organs. Emerging classes of wearable and/or implantables such as electronic skin, recording/stimulating electrodes, optogenetics, and low-intensity focused ultrasound, will play an important role in disease diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of neural disorders, inflammatory disorders, and lost senses and motor control.
This new collection of Bioelectronic Medicine aims to collect articles regarding recent advancements in microscale systems for neuroscientific discovery and for diagnostic, monitoring and therapeutic interfaces for advanced healthcare, ranging from implantable chronic devices, injectable and dissolvable devices, to skin-interfaced wearable devices, and to robust technologies for at-home use.