Interfaces with the peripheral nerve for the control of neuroprostheses

Jaume del Valle, Xavier Navarro

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Nervous system injuries lead to loss of control of sensory, motor, and autonomic functions of the affected areas of the body. Provided the high amount of people worldwide suffering from these injuries and the impact on their everyday life, numerous and different neuroprostheses and hybrid bionic systems have been developed to restore or partially mimic the lost functions. A key point for usable neuroprostheses is the electrode that interfaces the nervous system and translates not only motor orders into electrical outputs that activate the prosthesis but is also able to transform sensory information detected by the machine into signals that are transmitted to the central nervous system. Nerve electrodes have been classified with regard to their invasiveness in extraneural, intraneural, and regenerative. The more invasive is the implant the more selectivity of interfacing can be reached. However, boosting invasiveness and selectivity may also heighten nerve damage. This chapter provides a general overview of nerve electrodes as well as the state-of-the-art of their biomedical applications in neuroprosthetic systems. © 2013 Elsevier Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Review of Neurobiology
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013


  • Interface
  • Nerve stimulation
  • Neural electrode
  • Neuroprosthesis
  • Peripheral nervous system


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