NIH GUIDE, Volume 24, Number 1, January 13, 1995


P.T. 34


  Prosthetic Device, Neural 

  Neural Stimulation 

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

The Neural Prosthesis Program of the National Institute of

Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institutes of

Health (NIH), supports the development of aids for the neurologically

handicapped.  These aids, known as neural prostheses, replace or

supplement neurological function by directly interfacing with the

nervous system.  One means of accomplishing this is by

microstimulation with microelectrodes implanted directly into neural

tissue.  Animal studies have shown the potential value of

microstimulation with respect to increased stimulus selectively as

compared to larger electrodes placed on the surface of neural tissue.

The proposed project will develop a method of chronic

microstimulation of the lumbosacral spinal cord to evaluate its

effects on neural and surrounding tissue in non-human animals.

Performance of work under this project will require personnel with

established expertise in neuroanatomical tracing, in

electrophysiology, and genito-urinary physiology.  It is anticipated

that one award will made for a period of three years.  Award is

anticipated for September 1995.


This is not a Request for Proposals (RFP).  The RFP will be issued on

or about January 19, 1995 with proposals due on or about March 20,

1995.  All responsible sources may submit a proposal that will be

considered by the agency.  To receive a copy of the RFP, submit a

written request along with two self-addressed mailing labels to:

Contracting Officer

Division of Extramural Activities

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Federal Building, Room 901

7550 Wisconsin Avenue - MSC 9190

Bethesda, MD  20892



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