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Bladder Electrode

A photograph of a student holding a thin-film electrode array.

Student Zachariah Sperry demonstrates a novel stretchable electrode array that is being developed in collaboration with electrical engineering researchers. Sperry works in the lab of Tim Bruns, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan. Bruns' lab members have worked with pig bladders to validate use of this electrode towards potential clinical use.

Bruns' lab performs in vivo studies to develop interfaces with the peripheral nervous system. In these studies they seek to understand how the nervous system works and to obtain functional control over an end organ. In general they focus on autonomic organs, including a primary lab goal of restoring bladder function through stimulation and recording from specific nerves.

Photo by Marcin Szczepanski/Multimedia Director and Senior Producer, University of Michigan, College of Engineering.