Affiliation: French National Institute for health and medical research – INSERM -, Braintech Lab, Grenoble, FR
Keywords: Medical science, Material science, Nanotechnology, Nanomaterial, Flexible implant, Microelectrode arrays, Sensor, imaging, Neural cells, Central nervous system, Immunochemistry
Gaëlle Offranc Piret is a permanent researcher at the the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research, Braintech Laboratory (U1205 INSERM UGA, Grenoble, France) whose activities are spread over the CEA-LETI and UGA University sites. She obtained her Master in Physics and her PhD in 2010 (IEMN laboratory, Lille University, France). Then did a post-doctorate at polytechnique school, Palaiseau-Paris and at the University of Lund (Sweden) where she worked on the development of micro-nanotechnologies/materials and the study of their interactions with cells or biological organisms. She is currently the leader of the European project funded at 1.5M € over 5 years (2015-2020) ERC BRAIN MICRO SNOOPER – a mimetic implant for minimal disturbance, stable stimulation and recording of intra-cortical neural units. One billion people experience some disability making them more susceptible to adverse socioeconomic outcomes such as less education, lower levels employment, and higher poverty rates. These can become more perverse for people who live with some form of paralysis. Gaëlle is developing flexible, thin and nanostructured brain implants for therapeutic applications that could restore function for disabled people. She also promotes science to youth by teaching courses to primary schools and speaks publicly about the science behind neurotechnology research.